by Mitch Temple, Executive Director
According to a 2009 study by the National Center for Fathering titled “Fathering in America,” 7 out of 10 people surveyed agree that the physical absence of fathers from the home is the most significant family or social problem facing America, and only half give most fathers credit for knowing what is going on in their children’s lives. There’s a serious problem in our country around fathers not being active in the lives of their children.
To help address this, The Fatherhood CoMission was birthed. The Fatherhood CoMission is a group of leaders coming together to champion fatherhood by inspiring other leaders and influencers to support fatherhood both inside and outside the Church through clear, compelling evidence of God’s design for dads as noble difference makers in their families and the world. Very simply put: we want to be a courageous advocate for fathers nationwide. We want to shout from the rooftops that dads are important and churches and communities need their complete support.
After the opening of the Sherwood Pictures film, Courageous, in September 2011, several national partners of the film collaborated with Focus on the Family on how to practically strengthen fathers to be the leaders God intended them to be. In a culture where families are falling apart because of absent fathers, each ministry was motivated to bring its resources and leadership together under one movement to equip fathers to lead.
By bringing together leaders from the nation’s top ministry organizations we wish to collaborate on the issue of fatherhood and in turn become a united champion of fatherhood to the church and beyond. Here’s the men I am privileged to work with to tackle this issue together.
- Brian Blomberg, Chief Development Offer, National Center for Fathering
- Brian Doyle, President, Iron Sharpens Iron
- Bill Eyster, COO, FamilyLife
- Stephen Kendrick, Senior Associate Pastor, Sherwood Baptist Church
- Leon Wirth, Exec. Director Focus on the Family
- Roy Baldwin, Director, Focus on the Family
- And myself as Executive Director
We ask for your prayers and support. Go to our website, look around. Read the articles and watch the videos. Like us on FB and share. Tell your pastor and others leaders about what we are doing. Join us in doing what you can in your home town to encourage and empower dad’s to be the kind of dad’s God wants and every child needs.