God says it matters! Throughout Scripture, God commands men—in the assembly and at home— to lovingly lead. Whether it is the many commands in the OT law, the requirements for elders and deacons, or admonishments to husbands, the godliness of men within the people of God is necessary for the holiness of the whole. In general, if the men of the church are spiritually mature, the church will be also. Likewise, if the husbands are spiritually mature, our homes will be also.


Men can be so unmanly! Sadly, many men in the Church are not spiritual leaders. Some of this is due to our natural Fall-induced inclinations to abdicate (resign/step down from) responsibility. Some of it is due to cultural shifts, where men are trained, subtly or not so subtly, to play the fool. A goal of our Men’s Ministry is to help each man fight off these natural and cultural forces. By shepherding and training each man, we hope in time to see all the men of our church as qualified “elders”—able to teach, lead, and love, as a godly man should.

The elders of the church, both the ruling elders and the teaching elders (the pastors), seek to shepherd the men of the church by Mondays with a Man. Every Monday, one or more of the elders meet with one of the men of the church in their workplace and take them to lunch to find out how they are doing and where they need to be challenged and encouraged.

2017-2018 Events

  • Scripture and Sermon:  Starting in October, join Pastor O’Donnell at the church on Tuesdays from 11:30 am - 12:15 pm for a discussion on the Bible text being preached the upcoming Sunday. Bring your Bibles! Bring your own lunch.
  • Open Gym: Each Wednesday night the youth group plays basketball and soccer from 7:30-8:30. If you’d like to help (and maybe play a bit), please contact Bryan Hoon through emaiing
    • Service Opportunities: Check the weekly E-blast for opportunities to help in the community.
    • Sports: We encourage the men of the church to hang-out and get to know each other! We have two sporting opportunities this Fall.
      • Come to see the Windy City Bulls (NBA D-league team) on December 8 at 7:00 PM. To sign-up, e-mail the church office at
      • Stay tuned for other events—perhaps a Chicago Wolves or Rockford Ice Hogs hockey game.
    • High Mileage Men’s Club: This exclusive club (only for men over 70!) warmly welcomes newcomers. Join them for lunch and fellowship at Nick’s Pizza and Pub (990 S Randall Rd, Elgin). Noon to 1:30 pm each second Wednesday of the month.
    • Purity Plan:  If you feel trapped in a destructive pattern of sexual purity (an addiction to pornography, an adulterous relationship, etc.), please, contact Pastor O’Donnell at He is developing a new plan to help. Everything that is said to him will be held in strictest confidence.
    • Fall Retreat: Every other Fall, the men do a Friday/Saturday overnight retreat. Great food. Great speakers. Great fun. The next schedule retreat is October 2018. Stay tuned for more information.