Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous…
–Joshua 1:9

Significance. We seek it. We long for it. When the day is done, every man wants to matter. He wants to pursue his destiny. But of all the paths to choose, which one is the right one?


We asked three men – each has pastored in Chicago over 30 years – what message was stirring in their hearts to share with men. This conference on Saturday April 13, 2019 was their collective take on the journey toward masculine destiny here and now.

Conference Plenary Sessions

Erwin Lutzer Men's Conference


Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church

Pastor Erwin Lutzer was born and reared near Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He became Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in 1980 and served in that role for 36 years. On May 22, 2016, he transitioned to the role of Pastor Emeritus. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, a celebrated international conference speaker, and the featured speaker on three radio programs: The Moody Church Hour, Songs in the Night, and Running to Win. These programs are available on the Moody Broadcasting Network, the Bible Broadcasting Network, Trans World Radio and many Christian radio stations around the world. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three married children and eight grandchildren.

Message: “Life In The Penalty Box – What God Teaches Us in the Desert”


Like Moses, all of us must learn lessons in the desert that success can never teach us. Only in the desert, does God prepare us for our destiny! (Passages from Exodus)

Mark Jobe Men's Conference


Lead & Founding Pastor of New Life Church

President of Moody Bible Institute

Mark is the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in the city of Chicago. He and his wife Dee have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand meeting at over 20 locations throughout the Chicagoland area with over 40 worship services each weekend and 7 cities internationally. His daily radio program Straight Talk can be heard on 90.1 FM Moody Radio. He is the author of UNSTUCK: Out of Your Cave into Your Call.

Message: “Don’t Give Up!”


Many men give up their calling, legacy and spiritual destiny because of insecurities. This message is a call to hold onto your God-given purpose and DON’T GIVE IT UP! (1 Samuel 13:1-14)

James Ford Men's Conference


Senior Pastor of Christ Bible Church

Pastor James Ford, Jr. is the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago. Pastor Ford provides the messages of Impact Ministries’ radio broadcast “Treasured Truth For Troubling Times, which is aired daily over WMBI 90.1-FM. He is featured once a week on WGCI Gospel Radio 1390 AM in a segment entitled “Relation-Tips For Your Relationship”. He and his wife (“the love of his life”) Leslie have been serving the Lord at Christ Bible Church of Chicago (formerly South Shore Baptist Church), located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, for 35 years. Pastor Ford has authored three books on Christians relationships: “When a Man Loves A Woman,” “Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage” and “When A Woman Loves A Man,” as well as titles on other subjects.

Message: “Men Of Understanding”


Robert Davis once said, “The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Are we men who will impact our society because our minds perceive distant things as if they were close at hand? (Ezra 8:15-20)

Conference Questions

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