Upcoming Stand Fast Conference

The Stand Fast Conference for young men will be happening in just over a month.

Our world is in desperate need of godly young men who will be courageous leaders of their families and churches, faithfully following Christ.

Taught by a team of men (led by Harold Mally), this conference will challenge and equip young men to stand fast in the Lord. Includes small group times, activities, a chalk talk, singing, and Biblical teaching.

Dads are encouraged to attend the conference in order to hear what their sons are learning and reinforce it at home.

Topics:
-Being Christ-Centered and Cross-Centered
-Bible Reading and Prayer
-Defending the Faith
-Overcoming Temptations
-Humility in Family Relationships
-Being Ministry Minded
-Sharing the Gospel Boldly
-Treating Girls With Honor
-Being a Disciple Maker

For: Young men ages 12-18, and fathers

Dates: July 26-27, 2019

Location: The Church on Northland 5200 Northland Ave NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Schedule: Fri 6:00-9:00PM, Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM

Registration: $15 per person or $50 family max Includes snacks, and materials. Late registration (after June 30) $18 per person/$60 family max

For questions Contact: Bright Lights staff at 319-377-6728 or conference@brightlightsministry.com

Register online here.

Stand Fast Conference for Young Men

The Stand Conference was an exciting weekend for us. It happened simultaneously with a Bright Lights conference in the Omaha area last April. The Selander family (who hosted the Bright Lights conferences) asked us to do a guys’ conference also, so my dad and a team of guys pulled together this conference in response to their request.

Each session was taught by a different person, so there was a wide variety in speakers’ personalities and ages. Here Aaron Biegler is teaching on sibling relationships.

Steven Biegler speaking on victory over temptations and growing in Christ

Other Sessions Included:
Being Christ-Centered and Cross-Centered
Bible Reading and Prayer
Defending the Faith
Being Ministry Minded
Sharing the Gospel Boldly
Treating Girls With Honor
Discipling and Being Discipled

Sprinkled throughout the conference were many creative and energy-consuming activities. I guess they figured that the guys wouldn’t be as excited about making bracelets as the girls are.

What a great weekend. So much to praise God for. They were very encouraged and decided to plan another one for Cedar Rapids next month. Here’s the information for the next one:

Dates:
July 26-27, 2019

For:
Young men, ages 12-18
(Fathers are encouraged to attend with their boys.)

Schedule:
Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

Location:
The Church on Northland
5200 Northland Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Early Registration Deadline: June 30th

Register here.

Please let us know if you’d like an informational email or flyers to share with friends!

“For now we live if ye stand fast in the Lord.” I Thessalonians 3:8

Stand Fast Conference For Young Men

We are excited to announce the Stand Fast Conference for young men, happening simultaneously to the Radiant Purity Conference we are doing in Council Bluffs April 26-27. Info from the flyer below!

Our world is in desperate need of godly young men.

– Young men who will rise up to the challenges of the day and be courageous leaders of their families and churches.
– Young men who will walk in integrity no matter the cost as they represent Christ in this dying world.
– Young men who will follow in the footsteps of their Savior as humble servant-leaders.
– Young men who are not overcome by temptations, but rather lay down their lives for the cause of Christ.

Taught by Harold Mally and a team of men (including both young men and fathers), this conference will challenge and equip young men to stand fast in the Lord. Includes small group times, activities, a chalk talk, singing, and practical, Biblical teaching.

Dads are encouraged to attend the conference in order to hear what their sons are learning and reinforce it at home. There will also be sessions for dads covering topics such as the importance of protecting your children, how fathers can set a godly pace for their family, and how to win the hearts of your children. This conference has limited space and therefore is open to only the first 50 who register.

Topics:
Being Christ-Centered and Cross-Centered
Bible Reading and Prayer
Defending the Faith
Overcoming Temptations
Humility in Family Relationships
Being Ministry Minded
Sharing the Gospel Boldly
Treating Girls With Honor
Discipling and Being Discipled

For: Young men ages 12-18, and fathers
Dates: April 26-27, 2019
Location: Hillside Bible Fellowship, 135 Bennett Ave Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Schedule: Friday evening 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Registration: $25 per person or $75 family max Includes lunch on Saturday, snacks, and materials. Register online HERE.
For Questions, Contact: Bright Lights staff at 319-377-6728 or email conference@brightlightsministry.com

Just Men Conference Report

Our whirl-wind summer is finally slowing down a bit, and I have a little time to post some reports! Two months ago, my dad (with the help of my brother Stephen, my grandpa, and others from our church) ran a “Just Men Conference.” This was a weekend event for men of any age – 16 and up. As my dad puts it, “The need in our day is for a new generation of young men to rise up who are ‘just’ and whom God can use for His glory and His Kingdom.”

Fifty men attended with an even distribution of ages from 16-60.

This weekend was a highlight of the summer for our family: we were very excited by the many ways we saw the Lord’s working and blessing — and super grateful to all who participated.

Here Stephen is presenting a talk called “Men in Focus” — equating principles of photojournalism from his work with spiritual application for men.

Other topics that were taught by my dad and others over the weekend included:

“The Offense of the Cross”
“Boldness with the Gospel”
“Enemies that Defeat Christian Young Men”
“Facing the Battles”
“Foundations of Marriage”
“Reconciliation”
“Spiritual Leadership”
“Church Basics (Principles of Assembly and Leadership)”
“Stewardship”
“Having a Ministry Mindset”

Many mentioned how much they appreciated the fellowship with such a great group of other men who were seeking the Lord. Attendees had come from a wide range of states, including Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Kentucky.

My dad mentioned how impressed he was that the attendees jumped into instant fellowship with each other. Within five minutes they were in good discussions on significantly deep levels. Even though many of them had never met before, they were there with the same purpose: to learn and strengthen each other in godly leadership for this dark generation.

Each attendee was assigned to a small group where they had discussions, prayer, and worked on a few projects together.

Although I spent most my time in the kitchen, I did sneak up to the balcony to get a little video of the singing!

Chick fil A

My dad asked my grandpa (92 years old) to be one of the speakers and share anything he thought younger men needed to hear from an older man. He gave a passionate talk about the importance of having priorities straight. His talk seemed to resonate with everyone, proven by the fact that it was a part of the conference the guys commented on the most.

Also I don’t want to forget to mention a big thank you to Abby, Esther, and the many others who helped prevent disasters in the kitchen. 🙂

A few comments from attendees:

“We were all encouraged and had such a wonderful time at the conference. I hope that there will be more of these around the country. It is such a need in the body of Christ!”

“The time the men in our family spent in Iowa was edifying and greatly beneficial. We appreciate that you made it possible for those of us with limited financial resources to be able to participate. Our whole family has had so many good conversations around the conference, the people there, the topics covered, etc.”