MEN’S MINISTRIES

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Brent has been discipling, mentoring and coaching men for over 30 years.

LEGAL PROFESSION MINISTRIES

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Since his first year of law school in 1972, Brent has been active with the Christian Legal Society, a national, 501 (c) (3) membership organization established in 1961, consisting of Christian lawyers, law students and other interested parties, committed to ministry to and through lawyers and law students.

Its vision statement is

“A growing nationwide fellowship of Christian lawyers and law students who act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”

Its mission is

“To inspire, encourage and equip Christian lawyers and law students, both individually and in community; to proclaim, love and serve Jesus Christ through the study and practice of the law, the provision of legal assistance to the poor and needy; and the defense of religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.”

Brent has been part of its leadership for over 30 years. He served on the Board of Directors for many years and as its President from 1994-1996. Brent is currently a part-time staff member at CLS. He has published articles for its Journal and been a speaker at its national, regional and local conferences. He is available to speak to your group of Christian lawyers or law students. Brent is also available to meet one-on-one to disciple, mentor or coach lawyers and law students. Some of his speaking topics include:

“Practice With the Perfect Partner”
Most lawyers aspire to be a partner in a Firm. But have you stopped to consider which Firm and with which partner? There is only one “Perfect Partner”, one “Senior Partner” that is worth seeking as a partner. Paul, an excellent lawyer of his day knew this after a while. He describes to the Corinthians his “practice” as “working together with Him.” He is Brent’s “Perfect Partner”. Come learn about Brent’s pilgrimage to that partnership and what it looks like.

“The Pharisee in Me”
I suppose it is in all of us to one degree or another, but this “lawyer” is all too prevalent in Brent and his practice of law and life. Paul identifies this challenging “role model” (Philippians 3:4-8) and Brent identifies with it all to well. What does this “practice of law and life” look like and what are the antidotes?

“The Legal Secretary – Slave or Sacred?”
To many lawyers, the legal secretary or paralegal is indispensable, but is there any consideration of ministry here? God has much to say about employment relationships, principles which apply to these relationships. Test yourself in this regard and see how you’re doing!

“Pilgrim’s Progress Through Law School”
Notwithstanding his insights on Christian living in Pilgrim’s Progress, I bet the author never went through Law School. What did one “Pilgrim” experience and learn through his three years of the Socratic Method, his “Paper Chase” and the many challenges along the way? And most important: Did he, like Paul, “finish the course”?

“How to Pass a Law School Final Exam and Grow Closer to God”
Is it possible? Aren’t these mutually exclusive exercises? How about a miraculous integration of the two, involving strategies before the exam, during the exam and after the exam?

See Brent’s article, “Follow Me” (The Christian Lawyer-Fall, 2016; published by Christian Legal Society – discipleship for the Christian lawyer and law student.)


Sam Casey
“When I first met Brent Amato he encouraged me with his jovial words and good example to believe that being a truly Christian lawyer is a noble and achievable calling with, in his words, “God’s help”. Since then, I suspect not a day has gone by without Brent encouraging, mentoring, and communicating with lawyers and law students in one way or another through his work with the Christian Legal Society and his service in various ministries.

So what do you get when you combine a talented and amiable father of two and husband to his beloved wife of his youth, with a passion for Christ and a transcendent vision for what is true, good and beautiful about law and life? You get Brent Amato. If I were you, I’d invite him to speak with you or address your group or organization. You will be pleased that you did.”

Samuel B. Casey
Former Executive Director and CEO
Christian Legal Society

TEACHER TRAINING

September 13, 2008 by  
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Brent Amato Teacher TrainingTeaching should be like a good meal, prepared and served excellently. There needs to be passion for the meal. Meals need to be planned, prepared, and presented well. The teacher training material provides the following sections which can be presented in comprehensive training or stand-alone sections;

Passion for the Meal
Planning the Meal
Preparing the Meal
Presenting the Meal
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Brent has developed and presented the following topics;
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“The Ten Truths for Terrific Teachers”
If adult class teachers were asked what is the single most important truth of teaching, what would it be? Maybe there’s a truth or two for you to learn. Come enhance your teaching ministry by comparing notes with other teachers.

“Building a Strong Mid-Sized Group Teaching Ministry”
“If our church has a strong adult teaching ministry, it is because…..” How would you fill in the blank? Come check out your church’s ministry against six “non-negotiable” components of an effective program. If a church has a strong adult teaching ministry, it is because the church…

1. Understands the spiritual gift of teaching and facilitates its proper exercise.
2. Effectively identifies and recruits teachers.
3. Is committed to mentoring and replicating teachers
4. Effectively evaluates teachers
5. Has a curriculum policy
6. Has a teacher training course

The Spiritual Gift of Teaching
Brent presents principles around the following concepts;
1. Challenges for the church
2. What are spiritual gifts?
3. What are the purposes of spiritual gifts?
4. What is the spiritual gift of teaching?
5. How is the spiritual gift of teaching to be exercised?
6. Is teaching one of your spiritual gifts?

Identifying and Recruiting Teachers
If it was “The Perfect Church/Organization”, there would be no need for more teachers.” But since such is not the case, what are you to do? There is hope! Are there some clues for identifying these saints, crucial to the ministry. The answer is yes! Are there some methods for effectively recruiting those who you’ve identified? Again, the answer is yes!

Mentoring and Replicating Teachers
Just like Apollos needed Priscilla and Aquila to enhance his ministry to the Jews of the early Church, the teachers in your church need someone to mentor them and be replicated. This is more “fellow traveling”, so check out that page on this website and apply it to your teachers.

I’ve Got a Question for You
Of all the teaching techniques, what do you think is the most effective? What is a good way to determine if your students are learning from you and connecting with you? Do you know how many questions Jesus asked that are recorded in the Bible? Why do you think Jesus asked so many questions? What do questions communicate about the teacher? What do questions communicate to the students? What are good and bad questions?

Seven Days in the Life of a Weekly Bible Lesson
When do you start preparing for your weekly Bible lesson? The night before you teach or right after you teach? Where do you prepare for your weekly Bible lesson? In your study or in your shower? How do you prepare for your weekly Bible lesson? Just enough or never enough? Come consider what might happen during those seven days.

Creative Teaching
When was the last time you were bored with a teacher’s presentation of the Word of God? Notice I said “when” not “Have you ever been”. We all can recall that “worst student nightmare”. Should not the teaching be that of a “Master Teacher”? Should not the teaching of the Word of God be creative, like God the Father, the teacher of the nation Israel and choice saints, who “In the beginning…created…”? Should not the teaching of the Word of God be creative like Jesus, “the Word who became flesh”, the teacher of disciples, religious leaders and the multitude? Come learn “The Amato Dozen”, creative tools to be used for the glory of God in presenting a Bible Study.

Teaching Wouldn’t be so Hard if it Wasn’t for the Students
You all have some or all of them in your group. At times, if you were honest about it, you would rather they not show up or even worse, you’d like to “nuke” them! But they are part of your group and God has called you to teach them, shepherd them, even love them! You know who they are. I call them the students brought to you by the letter “D”: “The Distracted”, “The Detour”, “The Dominator” and “The Destroyer”. Come learn general and specific strategies for dealing with each.

How are Your Sheep?
How would you like to move beyond the strict definition of a “teacher” (“one who gives instruction and knowledge”) to the “pastor-teacher” referenced in the book of Ephesians (“a ‘shepherd’ nurturing a ‘flock’”)? What might happen if you moved beyond a “teacher-student” relationship to a “shepherd-sheep” relationship? What are you doing about the “straying and other challenging sheep” you are called to teach? What is a shepherd’s “classroom”? What is a shepherd’s “teaching time”? Do you hear your students? Isn’t that bleating?


Steve Lizzio
“I am excited to recommend to you the ministry of Brent Amato. I had the privilege of serving side-by-side with Brent for nine years at Medinah Baptist Church and he is by far the best teacher/communicator with whom I have ever served. His passion for God´s Word, along with his creativity and commitment to excellence sets him apart. He is truly a gift to the Church!”

Steve Lizzio
Pastor of Community Life, Centreville Baptist Church

FELLOW-TRAVELING SM

September 12, 2008 by  
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Fellow Traveling“You want someone who ‘gets it’ and isn’t afraid to be honest. Someone who understands the challenges you’re facing and speaks with wisdom…a few steps ahead of you on the journey, but close enough to shine some light in your direction…someone to walk you through life’s experiences…guide you to answers and help you discover a new purpose and passion…” (Family Life Publishing, The Empty Nest). Brent has been doing this with men one-on-one for over 30 years. Since sometimes it has taken the form of discipling, mentoring or coaching or a combination of these, Brent has chosen to call the ministry “fellow-traveling”, modeled after Jesus’ fellow-traveling with two believers on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Brent is available to teach these concepts to you, your small group, mid-size group, church or parachurch organization or preach on Fellow-TravelingSM.
Fellow Traveling

Brent presents this material in five one and a quarter hour sessions, covering all facets of the journey from inspiration as to why you should begin fellow-traveling to knowing when the journey is over.

Listen to one fellow traveler about to embark on a journey with Brent…


“It’s not until the formal call to full-time ministry with an actual start date that I felt overwhelmed and ill-equipped. Middle age and making a huge life change, I knew I would need someone in my corner during this adjustment; a coach, a mentor, an encourager to help guide me through what were certain to be some stress-filled days. I prayerfully approached Brent Amato to see if he would be willing to help me on this journey. I knew Brent to be a man of integrity, an excellent adult bible teacher, serious about his faith yet fun-loving, and most importantly, passionate about the ministry of mentoring men.

I did come to learn and understand just how passionate and committed he truly is. Brent had expectations, he had standards, he had rules, and he even had homework! And I am a better man, a better husband, a better dad, and a better servant to Jesus’ church for it.

Brent was genuine and open. He shared his life and in doing so, exposed some of his weaknesses, which allowed me to see more easily my own areas of weakness and he always gave me a plan to help overcome them. He was quick to encourage and never missed an opportunity to build me up. He prayed faithfully for me and my family, everyday. I know that because he told me and because I saw evidence of it. Brent listened. The guy is a lawyer and he let me do most of the talking! But he truly listened. And out of that listening came thoughtful instruction, careful correction, or simply just a knowing nod. Brent became a friend I knew I could trust. I also knew he cared. He took his role as coach and mentor very seriously. Before we began our journey, Brent asked me for my goals, my needs, and my dreams. Over the past year he has helped me prepare myself spiritually, mentally, and physically through spiritual discipline and practical biblical application to help me be better equipped to achieve my goals, meet my needs, and realize my dreams.

When we began this journey as fellow travelers, many things in front of me seemed like mountains, but when you are on the road with someone else, those mountains just don’t seem as big.”

Dean Scott
Executive Pastor
Medinah Baptist Church

CHRISTIAN CONCILIATION

September 1, 2008 by  
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Brent has been certified with Peacemaker Ministries, an international 501 (c ) (3) organization since 2003 and is affiliated with Crossroads Resolution Group, LLC, another 501 (c ) (3) organization. He has engaged in Conflict Coaching and Christian Conciliations, in a variety of conflicts involving spouses, parents and children, business owners, employers and employees, church members and staff and educational institution personnel. For more information please contact Crossroads Resolution Group, LLC,.

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What Does a Peacemaking Church Look Like?
1. A PEACEMAKING CHURCH recognizes the priority of peacemaking.
2. A PEACEMAKING CHURCH is committed to peacemaking.
3. A PEACEMAKING CHURCH institutionalizes peacemaking.
4. A PEACEMAKING CHURCH preaches and teaches peacemaking.
5. A PEACEMAKING CHURCH practices peacemaking.

“You Got Conflict? What An Opportunity!”
Brent is available to teach peacemaking principles in either in a series or stand alone segments.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word, “conflict”? Whether you like it or not, your church, adult bible fellowship/adult Sunday school class or small group can’t avoid it! Come learn what the Bible has to say about conflict, an inevitable fact of life, and conflict resolution, including principles from Peacemaker Ministries, including “The Slippery Slope of Conflict”, “The Seven A’s of an Apology” and “The Four Promises of Forgiveness”. Remember Jesus’ words: “Blessed are the peacemakers….”


Ken Sande“I am delighted that Brent is applying his time and talents to the ministry of peacemaking. His discernment, wisdom, spiritual gifts and maturity, legal training, and life experience, not to mention his delightful sense of humor, give him a unique ability to engage people, win their trust, understand their needs, and help them to bring the power of the gospel and the guidance of God´s Word to bear on the conflicts of daily life. This is a man who was designed by God to be a reconciler, problem-solver, and peacemaker.”

Ken Sande
President of Relational Wisdom 360

PREACHING

August 13, 2008 by  
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Brent Amato - Chains that BindBrent has had the privilege of preaching for over 30 years in a variety of Church settings.
His sermon titles include…

Digging Deeper into Doctrine

Questions every Christ-Follower should ask: What is doctrine? What doctrine do you know? Why preach doctrine? What are we to do with doctrine?

Chains that Bind

Brent Amato - Chains that BindConsider the scene from the classic, “Christmas Carol” and poor Marley, bound in chains, definitely not a happy camper. We’re frightened by his predicament; our heart goes out to his condition, such a pathetic creature. But also consider poor Scrooge. Scrooge was aghast at Marley’s chains but Marley was burdened by Scrooge’s “chains”. Scrooge’s reply to Marley’s comments about Scrooge’s chains should haunt us. Did you hear Scrooge’s words: “I see no chains”. Is it possible that Marley’s portrayed chained status and Scrooge’s hidden chained status are no different than ours? Is it possible that we walked into this worship center burdened with chains, chains that bind. Part of the spiritual warfare we all engage in is found in the desire of our enemy, as Galatians 2:4 states, “to bring us into bondage”. Paul reminds believers in Romans 8:15, “For you have not received a spirit of slavery”. What might these chains look like?

Freedom in Christ

Brent Amato - Freedom in ChristIt is the best breed of dogs by far-The Labrador Retriever! For the Amatos, first there was Snickers, a chocolate lab who raised the Amato kids and now, Duke, the chocolate lab who is my son’s “child” and my wife’s “grand-dog”. As one writer puts it, “As American as apple pie, the Lab is a rambunctious, loving creature…beloved for their endless enthusiasm…” Labs teach us a little about freedom. You see, Duke was born to run free, in the fields of life, or at least in the ordained “dog parks” in the Chicagoland area, without collar, leash or any restraints. Jason has taught Duke well and one of Jason’s commands when they are together out in a field or dog park (a command which I’m sure is Duke’s favorite) is the word “Free”, at the sound of which Duke is permitted to run on ahead or to wherever; free, because his Master released him for that delight. “Duke’s Delight” It’s a picture of Christian freedom. What about you-Are you truly free?

Sing to the King

Brent Amato - Sing to the KingIt’s my favorite Psalm because it is concise truth that always drives me back to the basics. It answers two very fundamental questions: “What should I do every day no matter what?” and “Why I should do it?” Singing is not what I do best or even well at all, but I am called to do it! “And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”(Psalm 40:3) What about your “song”? I have some questions for you. Will you learn or remember the “song”
God has given you? Will you sing the “song”? Will you sing the “song” joyfully? Will the “song” cause you to…praise God in a new way? know God in a new way? fear God in a new way? trust God in a new way?

What should I do every day? “Come before Him…enter His gates.” “Worship Him”
Why should I do it? Because of who God is and because of who we are in relationship to God.
Come sing to the King with me!

“A Time to be Silent”

Brent Amato - A Time to be Silent“Shhhh!” Well, how was that? What did you do during that time? Some of you might have dozed off. Some of you might have become distracted, preoccupied with a particular thought, thinking about any of a number of things. Some of you felt uncomfortable, restless.

“Come and listen…” Did you come this morning to listen to God? But before you can listen, truly listen, you need to be silent. Did you come this morning to be silent before God? Listen to God’s words. Turn to Ecclesiastes 3; verse 1 and a part of 7: “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven… A time to be silent”. What if you came to church this morning and the sermon was without words? In obedience to the Book of James, Chapter 1, verse 22, let’s be “doers of the Word” this morning and “Be silent; silent before God.”

Do you know what Scripture says about silence?
1. Silence is in part what God deserves from his people.
(Habakkuk 2:20) “‘But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.’”
(Zephaniah 1:7) “‘Be silent before the Lord God!’” Hush! Listen! (Zechariah 2:13) “‘Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord….’” Hush! Listen!
2. Silence is in part God’s desire for you.
(Psalm 23:2) “…..He leads me beside quiet waters.” Hush! Listen!
3. Silence is an appropriate response to God.
After Job’s rather vigorous vocal debate with God, he finally got it and his final response was one of shutting up. (Job 42:3, 5, 6) “I was talking about things I did not understand…I had heard about You before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” I suspect this episode was without further word.
4. Silence is linked to God’s blessing.
(Lamentations 3:25-26) “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he wait silently…”
(Job 13:5) “‘O that you would be completely silent, and that it would become your wisdom!’”
(Proverbs 10:19b) “He who restrains his lips is wise.”
(Isaiah 41:1) “‘Listen to Me in silence, and let the people gain new strength….”

“A Time to Laugh”

Brent Amato - A Time to LaughEcclesiastes 3:1, 4a “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…a time to weep and a time to laugh…”

Laughter is woven into the fabric of life. I suggest that it is an ordained part of life as it should be lived. Who here has not enjoyed a time to laugh?
Now I know what some of you are thinking…

Just great-I come to church to worship in song and giving and hear God’s Word preached. This is serious business! And Amato is going to preach on laughing? Or

Just great-That Amato, he’s Italian and Italians are always laughing. But I’m not Italian, so who does he think he’s preaching to? Or

Just great-That Amato, he’s sanguine and sanguine people are always laughing.. But I’m not sanguine, so who does he think he’s preaching to? Or

Just great-That Amato, he’s oblivious to reality. “When you become an adult, you need to be responsible…and we live in a world of reality which includes difficulties…and therefore, we have no business laughing and enjoying life.” (Swindoll) Everyone knows the old expression: “Life is no laughing matter.” What does Ecclesiastes also say? “There is a time to weep”, so who does he think he’s preaching to? Or

Just great-That Amato is going to preach on a topic that finds no place in the serious works of theology. Who here has ever heard a sermon on laughter? So why is he preaching on it?
Now before you force me to close in prayer, why don’t we start with Scripture? Do you know what Scripture says about laughter?

Last Words and The Last Word

Brent Amato - Last Words and The Last Word“Rosebud”
“Citizen Kane”-Most movie critics list this 1941 movie as one of the best, if not the best film ever made. The story of a rich newspaper owner. Remember the start of the movie which depicted Kane’s deathbed scene and his last word: “Rosebud”, with a glass figurine with a snowy, winter scene, dropping from his hand to the floor. The rest of the movie is a depiction of his life story, but focused around attempting to decipher the meaning of his last word, “Rosebud”.

Last words are significant and many times by the conscious choice of a dying individual, last words reflect what was most important to the speaker, maybe even reflecting that person’s essence, the most intimate clue as to what made that person tick.

My birthday was yesterday-another of the annual milestones, that keep coming at me with what seems to be increasing speed. When I stop and think the number of years, months, days, hours, minutes I’ve logged…Well, I stop and think. More often, these days, I have been thinking about last words, or in a more general sense, finishing life and finishing it well.

One Thing

Brent Amato - One ThingI’ve brought with me this morning six individuals: A rich young ruler, a healed blind man, David, Martha and Mary, and Paul. What do they all have in common? They all have come to preach a sermon to you this morning!

Consider my dilemma this morning. Unlike your Senior Pastor, I’ve only got one shot at you. What should be preached with only one opportunity? I can’t really talk about a lot of things. I probably should talk only about one thing.

And when you think about life, aren’t there too many things? Too many things with your family…too many things in your other relationships…too many things around the house…too many things at work…too many challenges…too many responsibilities…too many things to do…too many things to be. And in our spiritual lives, don’t you feel sometimes there are too many things…too many things to do…too many things to be. How many sermons have you heard in the last year with three points, exhorting us to all sorts of applications…no shortage of spiritual input…Too many things.

Did you know that the Bible talks about “one thing”? It’s what links together the six individuals I mentioned.

One of the challenges of life and the spiritual life is priorities. According to Webster’s dictionary, a priority is “something which we give precedence by assigning a degree of importance to it.” One person has observed, “Most people have not settled the issue of what their priorities should be. Among those who do know, too few live according to these priorities.” Someone has once said, “One of the most difficult things to get people to do is do things in the order of their importance.” Wrong or unwise priorities lead to failure and in some cases to moral failures. Priorities involve focus and concentration which unleashes great power.

Church Between Senior Pastors

Brent Amato - Church Between Senior PastorsIn the past, it was said, “There are two things certain about life: death and taxes.” Can I suggest a third thing that you are certain to encounter in your life? Change.

Change is part of a church’s life as well. Possibly the biggest change a church can face is the departure of its senior pastor. And when the pastor has been around for 21 years, it is change with a capital “C”. Our church in its 50 years has had four senior pastors. Sherrie and I have been attending our church since the late 70’s and have experienced the departure of three senior pastors. Looking back, how have you responded to the departure of our senior pastor? We as humans react in a variety of ways (physically, mentally and emotionally) and are, with regard to a senior pastor’s departure, on a spectrum from “This is the end of our church life as we know it” to “No big deal”. Where are you on that spectrum? How are you reacting? What are you feeling? What are you thinking? What are you saying? What are you doing?

How do you react spiritually to change? How should you react from a spiritual perspective?

Let me change the perspective from reacting to preparing. Are you individually ready for our next Senior Pastor? Are we corporately ready for our next Senior Pastor? Are there any “clues” in Scripture about how we should be responding to our current “Senior Pastor-less” circumstances? Individually? Corporately? I believe there are “clues” and that’s where we’re headed.

 

SEMINARS

August 4, 2008 by  
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Brent has been speaking to mens groups for over 30 years. His topics suitable for workshops to men’s retreats include…

Exit Strategy
Brent Amato - Exit StrategyWho in the workplace has not heard of the term? I wonder, however, how many employees have seriously considered the concept, much less have one? It’s never too early to start planning and avoid an exit strategy by default. Come listen to one fellow employee who, after years of wrestling with the concept, has executed the strategy. Reflect on what standard “retirement criteria” should not be part of a Christian’s exit strategy and the promise, purpose, prerequisites, players and planning involved in this great vocational adventure. Jeremiah 29:11

Brent Amato - Facing the Fire in the FurnaceFacing the Fire in the Furnace
Life happens and sometimes we find ourselves facing extremely tough circumstances, “a fire in a furnace”. For the Christ-follower, these times always raise important questions which must be answered. In the “furnace”, what should be your perspective? Who is with you? What should be your goals? What resources are available to you? Other than enduring, what should you be doing? What should happen when you escape?
Brent Amato - Living and Leaving a Legacy
Living and Leaving a Legacy
There are two pressing topics that always must be addressed and two related essential questions that must be answered: 1. What is left of our life- How will we live our remaining days? 2. Our legacy: What will we leave behind?

Brent Amato - Amato Family Time-a Strategy for Praying ParentsAmato Family Time-a Strategy for Praying Parents
Is it possible for a family with adult kids, living under their own roofs, to be on “the same page of prayer?” Consider what one family does to affirm that “The family that prays together stays together.”

“Growing From Boys to Men-Growth in Communication”
Normally men are never accused of being very communicative creatures. Brent Amato - Growing From Boys to Men-Growth in Communication What is good about the way boys and men communicate? What is not so good about the way boys and men communicate? What is the goal for all of our communication? Based on Nate Adam’s book, Separating the Men from the Boys.

“Your Heavenly Father”
A Father-Son dialogue about five attributes of our Heavenly FatherBrent Amato - Your Heavenly Father
God is a generational God
God is a faithful God
God is an Abba God
God is an adventurous God
God is a teaching God

Brent Amato - Vocational Victory“Vocational Victory: Lessons from God’s Manual”
Principles for the employed and unemployed. Why do you work? What does God say about work? Are you engaged in “work” or a “vocation”? Five essential questions for the employed. If without a job, are you “gainfully unemployed”? Lessons from biblical characters facing unemployment. Who is in your personal Human Resource Department?

Sexual Purity
Brent Amato - Sexual PurityPatrick Morley, the “Man in the Mirror” states that “For every ten men in your church, five will have a serious problem with pornography. Men are in a battle for their souls.”

We need to understand real-life sexual temptation that men are bombarded with everyday and be committed to help men live a Christ-honoring life in a world of sexual promiscuity. A grace-based approach begins with a creating a culture of accountability through ongoing relationships in men’s small groups where the tough questions can be discussed freely
regularly.

Brent Amato - DATING HIS DAUGHTERA Dad’s Dating Dialogue With Anyone Dating His Daughter
Dads are called to be priests, providers and protectors. As a dad, what kind of “gate keeper” are you with the “studs” assaulting your castle? Here are some questions you and the “studs” need to deal with:
1. What do you know about my daughter? (I Peter 3:7)
2. Why do you want to date my daughter? (I Corinthians 4:5)
3. What should your relationship with my daughter look like? (Ephesians 5:25)
4. Can you “touch” my daughter? (Acts 24:16)
5. What can you do with my daughter? (I Corinthians 10:31)
6. Do you have any questions for me? (Proverbs 1:5)
7. Do I have any special concerns about you or the relationship? (Matthew 19:20)

Brent Amato - Youth Sports, A Microcosm LifeYouth Sports, A Microcosm Life
Having played (or attempted to play) every sport imaginable before his body went bad on him and then having coached his son and daughter and other kids in youth baseball, youth softball and youth basketball for many years, Brent has learned and taught his kids many lessons of life from the world of sports, which is a true microcosm of life. Whether it be affirming the true cliché, “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.”, experiencing that youth sports like life sometimes isn’t fair or practicing strategies to deal with “youth sports parents” (the only thing bad about youth sports), Brent has much to share.