"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2
~ To Train Men...
~ To Strengthen Men...
~ To Encourage Men...
...to serve Jesus Christ, King of kings
~ To Develop stronger churches...
... through stronger families...
... through stronger family leaders.
All The King's Men is a program that began in 1995 to meet the specific need for a men's fellowship within and among the churches of the American Baptist Association. The program was initiated by Pastor Mike Rice and sponsored by Arp First Baptist Church of Arp, Texas . Other churches across Texas and in a number of other states as well as in some foreign countries have also adopted and adapted the program and the materials offered for use by their own men's groups.
In contrast, ATKM is established with the understanding that the denominational "walls" of Missionary Baptist Churches are comprised of doctrinal bricks and are LANDMARKS which are intended by God to give His people a place to "...come out from among them and be separate...". These Landmark doctrines must not be moved, much less "torn down".
Furthermore, the "body of Christ" will never be composed of different world religions and/or denominations, for the King of kings has designated His church (His local church) as His body and He is the Head. Our purpose is not to try and tear down God's walls of truth but to bring as many people within those walls as possible.
ATKM is intended to be a program which can be used to promote faithfulness, steadfastness and growth in a men's fellowship through learning and sharing with other faithful men who are truly seeking God's will with a desire to grow in His service to be the men He wants them to be.
HOW DOES ATKM DIFFER FROM
OTHER RELIGIOUS MEN'S GROUPS?
Actually, it differs a great deal. From its beginning, ATKM was designed to be used in and through a Landmark Missionary Baptist Church which does not intend to sacrifice doctrinal truths in order to compromise and join in with ecumenical organizations such as "Promise Keepers", etc. According to P.K. statements, one of their goals is to "break down the walls...of denominational divisiveness...to become the body of Christ God intends."
AMERICAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
Churches who decide to use All The King's Men material are certainly not required to make any promises outside those made to the Lord and according to their own church covenant. However, honesty calls for those who use this material and the name of "All The King's Men" to be faithful to its obvious and unconcealed intent.
* Each church need only purchase one copy of each set of discussion guides they would like to use. From these you may make copies needed for use within your church. To order, please send your request and $12 per set ordered (or $12 for CD's) and please add $2 for S & H, along with your name, church and address.
All The King's Men is a men's fellowship opportunity sponsored by Arp First Baptist Church of Arp, Texas. It is designed to be used by churches in agreement with the doctrinal statements accepted by the churches of the American Baptist Association. Discussion Guides are available which can be used in men's meetings and group Bible studies.
There is no doubt that God's will for His churches is that they be faithful to His Word, steadfast in His will and growing in His work. If these characteristics are to be seen in the Lord's churches, they must also be seen in the men who are called by God to be leaders and workers in His churches. As a result, these same characteristics will be found in the families that comprise those churches.