Part 4 in the #BattleLine series.
Greg Beechaum knows that every man has the desire to be discipled. And he believes it has to start somewhere. And it has to start with someone.
For almost 20 years, Greg has been the pastor of Little Zion Baptist Church in Powhatan, VA, where he has helped start a mentoring group for men, as well as men’s choruses. He joined the Men’s Chorus almost 4 years ago, and the Chorus for Young Men got started about 2 years ago.
“It has been a great experience to go to rehearsals and have various engagements with the guys. It has been a blessing to see the growth and tightness of the group. We pray for each other and for the church.”
Through the Chorus, men are growing closer together and now they are teaching and mentoring the younger guys. Like many of the churches in the area, they struggle with the young adult groups of 25 to 40-year-olds, and Greg would love to see intergenerational fellowship, mutual respect and continual conversation. His goal is to see the church and community reach out and disciple the younger men.
Greg has implemented several great resources, such as 33 The Series and The Manger Build, within their groups, which he says “have been a blessing, so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.” They have had the opportunity to coach, disciple and support men who were released from incarceration.
“The gatherings have assisted them to deal with their anger, relationships and strengthen their relationship with the Lord. They have rebuilt their lives, gotten married and are now becoming great fathers to their children. Just awesome stuff to see and witness.”
Greg urges pastors to not give up on their men. His recommendation is consistency, even if it starts off small.