The Reinstatement Project
Authentic Bonded Challenged Discipled Engaged
Purpose: Men helping men reject hiddenness, isolation, passivity, and apathy in favor of a lifestyle of openheartedness and wholeheartedness toward God and others. [Matthew 22:35-40]
Mission: To implement and refine a nine-month discipleship journey where men embrace being authentic [II Corinthians 3:12-18], find healing through bonded relationships with brothers [James 5:16], are challenged to confront their spiritual strongholds [II Corinthians 10:3-5], and become fully engaged in their calling as disciples of Jesus and influencers in God’s Kingdom [II Timothy 4:6-8].
This mission is facilitated through the following activities: (a) monthly meetings with Scriptural teachings through a relational lens and where leaders both model and create a safe context for authenticity; (b) weekly one-on-one meetings with other men in the group (alternating to a different meeting partner each month); (c) assignment of readings and other activities for reflection and growth; and (d) a weekend retreat at month six.
Reinstatement to biblical masculinity and authentic discipleship is a lifetime journey. Our fallen natures and our fallen world chip away at gains made—eroding progress birthed in a nine-month journey. Graduates of The Reinstatement Project are encouraged to continue in the next cycle of groups in a leadership or support role and/or to find parallel contexts for building upon growth gains made.
Vision: Raising up men who replace hiddenness with authenticity, isolation with bondedness, passivity with challenging what keeps them stuck, and apathy with open-hearted engagement with God, their families, and others in their spheres of influence.
Why the name?
After the resurrection, Jesus intentionally spends a morning having breakfast with his disciples on a beach. Peter, who had denied knowing Jesus 3 times prior to the crucifixion, was at this breakfast. You can imagine the scene being tense with Peter’s past regrets and shame as the group sits by the fire. Jesus pulls Peter aside to speak with him…
It is through this interaction that Jesus sets Peter on a course of redemptive leadership. Jesus REINSTATES Peter to be the man he was called to be. We live in a fallen world. Like Peter, our pasts can bind us and keep us from being the men we are meant to be. Like Peter, we too need to be REINSTATED by Jesus to realize true freedom.