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Men at the Cross ? New Men's Outreach in Arenas Nationwide; Joe White Leads New Discipleship Movement in '08

Contact: Steve Chavis, 720-320-3474

BRANSON, Mo., May 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new ministry to men hits the national stage this summer. "Men at the Cross," (MATC) founded by author, speaker and Christian camp director Joe White, will bring one-day and two-day men's conferences to arenas across America, aimed at equipping men to disciple other men in the Christian faith and lead their homes and communities through service. Men at the Cross events will include practical Christian instruction, as well as inspirational speaking and live worship music.

"Men at the Cross is so much more than a mountaintop experience," said Joe White, founder of Men at the Cross. "Every man who comes into the arena will be equipped to mentor and train another man with a Bible study manual that we're going to provide. Our aim is to come alongside the local church by empowering men to become disciple-makers for a lifetime. We're inviting men to join other radically committed men in this movement of passion and service."

The theme verse of Men at the Cross comes from the Apostle Paul's famous charge to his protégé in Second Timothy 2:2, "The things you've heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." According to Joe White, "the heartbeat of Men at the Cross is empowering men to reach men, to love a man to Jesus until he is ready to love a man to Jesus."

Faculty and featured musicians
The faculty of Men at the Cross includes proven and established leaders in effective ministry to men: Reggie Dabbs, Tony Evans, Steve Farrar, Larry Jackson, Neal Jeffrey, Crawford Loritts, Max Lucado, Rick Rigsby, Gary Rosberg, Gary Smalley, Todd Wagner, Kurt Warner, Stu Weber, and Joe White.

Featured musicians at Men at the Cross events include Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Heather Headley, Phil Joel and The Katinas. Contemporary Christian artists and pastors Rick Cua and Chris Julian lead the Men at the Cross worship team.

Cities, Dates, Venues*
St. Louis, MO July 11-12, 2008 Scottrade Center
Houston, TX Aug. 22-23, 2008 The Toyota Center
Omaha, NE/Council Bluffs, IA Sept. 5-6, 2008 Mid America Center
Ft. Worth, TX Sept. 13, 2008 Will Rogers Auditorium
Hershey, PA Sept. 19-20, 2008 Giant Center
Charlotte, NC Sept. 26-27, 2008 Cricket Arena
Dallas, TX Nov. 22, 2008 The Potter’s House

(*Cities, dates and venues are subject to change. More cities and venues are being planned for 2009 and 2010.)

Registration details
In addition to local ticket outlets, registration for Men at the Cross is available on line at www.menatthecross.org. Group rates are available. Lunch is offered in some cities.

Joe White's heart for men has been shaped by thirty years of men's ministry and speaking to hundreds of thousands of men world-wide. Joe has also founded ministries for city evangelism, service, missions, college students, and most of all, his family. Kids Across America, founded in 1978, reaches 7,000 inner-city kids and 900 urban leaders each summer. Cross International works with 250 different ministries world wide to serve more than one million people in poverty. In Haiti alone, Cross International offers a feeding program and education for 17 schools and an orphanage, reaching more than 6,000 children.

"After Dark," a seven-year-old ministry of campus evangelism travels to 30 university campuses annually, igniting a new generation of committed Christian leaders.

Kanakuk Kamps, at twelve locations in Missouri and Colorado, host more than 20,000 campers and 2,500 college age and professional staff. The kamps provide outdoor summer sports camps that promote personal growth and Christian character.

Joe White, the author of 20 books, is the father of four and grandfather of seven, and is more in love with his wife of 35 years, Debbie Jo, than ever before.