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The Lord began tugging at Ken’s heart right away. Once he returned home, Ken fell to his knees and gave it all over to God. Within ten minutes of that renewal, the phone rang. A friend from his church was on the line and said that he couldn’t stop thinking about The Barn meeting. He told Ken, “I just got out of a meeting with my boss at Greenville Meats, and he has offered to supply us with 100 ribeye steaks for free. Not only that, but Bi-Lo has given us a $250 gift certificate to spend as we need. I’m not through though. Coke has offered to supply all the drinks.” Ken was floored! All they needed now was a meeting place. His friend chimed in again, “About that, there’s a guy in Fountain Inn that has just built a barn, and he’s offered it for us to use.”

This all happened in October of 2010, and the first meeting was held the following month. Ken says that “Everything was a mess. The grills wouldn’t work, but by the end of the night, 3 men were saved.” The free steak dinners continued to be offered, and the men continued to come. With no real advertising, all the events have attracted from 80 to 200 guys by word of mouth alone. The Barn meets each month on the 3rd Thursday at 6:30pm in Simpsonville, SC. Meetings are held inside of a real barn with chickens, hay, Bluegrass music, and the works. A guest speaker brings a testimony and challenge after all the meals, and it is not uncommon to have “manly things” like classic cars and motorcycles there too. This group of men also work with other ministries to serve the community.

Men need each other more than they realize; like iron sharpens iron. The Barn gives them an opportunity to be more open about their lives. Without women around, the men do not feel the need to put on a front. They are also able to see that they are not alone in their struggles with things like fear, lust, and discouragement. Men connect with other men and ministries, like Man In The Mirror. There is always someone available at the meetings to pray and talk with each individual before and afterwards in the upper loft. Men are being helped in their walk, and other men are being welcomed into the Kingdom.

Feeling God move in The Barn has inspired the development of more barns! A new location in Travelers Rest, SC will be opening on June 5th, 2014. More South Carolina barns will also be coming in Seneca, Easley, Spartanburg, and Columbia. The Barn is not a franchise to be sold; instead it an easily duplicated idea. It is a simple yet unique men’s ministry. Pastors and men’s leadership are definitely looking to The Barn ministry as a unique outreach tool that has a track record of success.

The Barn in Simpsonville, SC is a non-profit and non-denominational organization open to men 13 and up. The ministry relies on support through donations and prayers. Word of mouth is still the primary way of promotion, so spread the news. Men’s ministries are important. As the God ordained leader of the family, men must step up. We will never see positive change in our world without it.

“Sharing the Good News of Christ one steak dinner at a time.”
55 Spaar Lane, Simpsonville, SC 29680

www.barnministry.com

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From: Volume 2 - Issue 3


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