This is not a blog – it is an idea – a hope and a vision. The blog is just part of an outworking of that idea. While the word eNgage is self explanatory, just what and who we are engaging is not. To answer that question, here is a quick background on eNgage.
This movement started as a simple men’s bible study at Pepperdine University School of law. A dozen men began to sacrifice the pre-dawn hours of their Wednesday mornings every week in hopes of growing in meaningful, transparent relationships with other men. After an exercise in which every guy was asked to anonymously list his three deepest fears on a piece of paper, this group was surprised to find that these fears were all pretty much the same.
Accordingly, what we all feared in the dark was brought into the light, and we started digging into the issues of life together. Vision, passion, and purpose in life – we covered it. Alcoholism and anger – we humbled ourselves and became increasingly intentional. Pornography, lust, and masturbation – no topic was taboo. Encouragement and unity – the list goes on!
And, as eNgage grew in number and depth of trust, we started to realize how much we as men need each other to walk through life victoriously. We started to sense a burden on our hearts to be ‘armor bearers’ to one another and help others do the same. We knew that we wanted to equip and encourage the men of our generation to live the lives God created them for; and, to do so, we knew we had to reach as far and wide as possible.
Thus eNgage: the Blog was born as a part of what we intend to be a larger web-presence. Our idea is to reach 18-35 year old guys across the nation, inspiring many to share stories of how God is working in their lives. In addition, we want to offer our insights to creating masculine community, and to provide resources for the guys looking for it.
Because there really isn’t anything like this out there – a resource and community for young men, by young men. Because we are passionate about the Kingdom of God and the hearts and minds of the men of our generation. And because life’s adversities sometimes cause us to think or feel that Jesus fell off his throne, or does not care about or participate in our lives. However, as we eNgage one another, it becomes obvious that this is anything but the case.
So eNgage, and join us. We sincerely welcome you!
Chris Rhyme and Jer Monson