Courageous Dads 2013 – Summary & Testimonies and It’s NOT DONE YET.

Courageous Dads | Fatherhood CoMission | LifewayThank you again for promoting, viewing and being a supporter of this incredible unified effort to champion dads- Courageous Dads. We could not have done this without you.  Considering the short time frame to produce and promote (since February), busy time of year, being a new platform, our first large collaborative project with over 12 national level partners, we feel grateful about the outcomes we have seen so far. Here are a few highlights:

  • Simulcast hosted at over 150 locations
  • Courageous From May 9- June 14 we saw a 700% increase in web traffic to access simulcast info., marketing tools, free dad resources, videos, ebooks, blog info., mom resources, etc.
  • Courageous Dads FB saw significant increase during same period in likes, views, shares, etc.
  • Millions of impressions created through combined partner/ supporter promotions
  • Courageous Dads App and Game-over 300 downloads. Hundreds of downloads
  • “It’s not too late to experience”- On Demand to remain available a minimum of 30 days. Select on demand during checkout process.
  • Please continue to promote through social media channels and email lists. Messaging: Lifeway is now making the Courageous Dads Simulcast available via on-demand- anytime, anywhere. Churches can still host their own Courageous Dads viewing events, retreats, men’s breakfasts. Small groups and individuals can watch on their laptops or in their living room. Go to to register and access free fathering resources. Select on demand option during registration process.
  • We are currently discussing how we might “repurpose” the simulcast through other media channels so Courageous Dads can champion dad’s year around. Look for updates through and Courageous Dads face book page.
  • We hope to offer something similar next father’s day weekend.

Here are a couple of Testimonies from men impacted by the event:

COURAGEOUS DADS was a great event…we had little over 100 men who came to experience the evening with us. It was covered by our local NBC stations 10pm news. Several conversations with dads afterwards indicated that they were well pleased with the evening. Gave away a copy of Stepping Up to a dad who came by our resource table and he left with tears in his eyes. Biggest win for me personally was it setting up the opportunity to invite my daughter in laws dad to join me last night and tomorrow he has committed to joining me for worship. PRAISE GOD and thank you guys for helping to blaze a trail… Love and respect each of you! To God be the glory!

Tony- Montgomery, Al.

We had a great group of Men and Pastor’s over to watch last Friday night’s Father’s Day Simulcast. The Men all gave the show Rave reviews, Many hand claps  Etc….It was very well done. The session with Jeff and his Family was awesome. Dennis session was also very powerful Stephen Kendrick’s  session on Prayer  Really ,really good. It was all so very practical and so needed. My Father was there he is 80 yrs old and was very encouraged and empowered by Dennis last Step the Patriarch. But just having the opportunity for Men to gather prior to Father’s Day and to be encouraged was such a Blessing.

Mike, Little Rock, AR

God bless you and thank you again for your incredible support of Courageous Dads. Spread the word that it’s still available through Lifeway online (On-demand)- only $10.00 for individuals.

Mitch Temple

Executive Director

Fatherhood CoMission

Lighten Up Dad! – Father’s day weekend with Comedian Michael Jr. – Courageous Dads

As a young dad I often searched diligently for respites and downtimes to recharge my battery when things got challenging and hectic (like daily).  Watching old episodes of “M.A.S.H., Bob Newhart and other old school comedy shows late at night when the “thunder stopped rolling” did the trick for me. I was amazed at how just “stepping back” a little and laughing could cure a lot of my ills.

No matter who you are, we all need times to regroup, be encouraged and just laugh a little.  Laughter is good medicine for hard working dads, and here’s your chance to get a good dose:

“Award-winning stand-up Comedian Michael Jr. Joins other celebrity fathers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Dennis Rainey, George Foreman, Sammy Rodriquez, Tommy Bowden, Bobby Bowden, Grammy Award Winner Josh Turner and others for the Courageous Dads; Stepping Up to Heroic Fatherhood Simulcast Friday June 14th, 2013.”

I have had the privilege of knowing personally and being entertained by some of the greatest clean comedians out there.  But, Michael Jr. is the all-around funniest “improv entertainer” I’ve ever known. He can take a word, a statement, an idea, a fly buzzing around and turn it on its head in a heartbeat. Besides that his comedy is family-friendly and he is passionate about encouraging dads and being a Courageous Dad.

“I’m pumped about bringing the funny to this Courageous Dads project. Dads are courageous and should be honored and also need to laugh and be seen laughing,” states Michael. “I love being called hilarious, but not nearly as much as I love being called dad.”

There you go- not only do you have a funny guy; you have “one of us”- a man who loves his kids more than fame and glory. You will want to hear him at this event. For $10 bucks you can join other dads nationwide on your lap top or in your living room via your smart TV. For just a little more, you can gather a group of men at your church to view it together. Doesn’t have to be fancy: Bring some chips, dip and some cheap soda’s and you’ve got a great evening of relaxation for the guys.

Go to to register, get more information, download share/ promo tools, etc.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect at the Courageous Dads Simulcast next week:

About Michael Jr.: Comedian George Wallace offered Michael Jr. his first break when he took him to the legendary Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, home of Jay Leno and The Tonight Show staff. The club’s owner slipped Michael onstage…and a week later Michael was performing at the Just for Laughscomedy festival in Montreal, where he became the first comedian to ever appear live via satellite on The Tonight Show. That performance catapulted Michael’s career and has resulted in additional appearances onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, TV One, The Late, Late Show, BET, Jimmy Kimmel Live, SiTV, and Comedy TV.  His clean comedy has earned him national crossover appeal giving him a platform on both church and comedy club stages. It is this versatility that has enabled Michael to author a children’s book, The Parts We Play, to be featured in the wildly successful comedy, Thou Shalt Laugh DVD series and to have made his directorial debut with his award winning documentary Comedy: The Road Less Traveled. His current multi-city tour Stand-Up and Give is an extension of the purpose of Comedy: The Road Less Traveled. Michael’s stand-up comedy special, Laughin g On Purpose, is now available on DVD at and in retail stores everywhere.

President Obama Talks About Fatherhood–His Father and Being a Better Father

President Obama at MorehouseThough we may not agree on all of the political or social issues with President Obama, we can all relate to some of his remarks about fatherhood that he shared as part of the commencement address he gave to the graduates of Morehouse College a couple of weeks ago. Here are some of those comments (the entire commencement address can be seen at the WhiteHouse website

Personal Reflection-

…I sure wish I had had a father who was not only present, but involved. Didn’t know my dad. And so my whole life, I’ve tried to be for Michelle and my girls what my father was not for my mother and me. I want to break that cycle where a father is not at home — where a father is not helping to raise that son or daughter. I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man.

Order of priorities–

It’s hard work (being a father) that demands your constant attention and frequent sacrifice. And I promise you, Michelle will tell you I’m not perfect. She’s got a long list of my imperfections. Even now, I’m still practicing, I’m still learning, still getting corrected in terms of how to be a fine husband and a good father. But I will tell you this: Everything else is unfulfilled if we fail at family, if we fail at that responsibility.


Leaving a Legacy

I know that when I am on my deathbed someday, I will not be thinking about any particular legislation I passed; I will not be thinking about a policy I promoted; I will not be thinking about the speech I gave, I will not be thinking the Nobel Prize I received.  I will be thinking about that walk I took with my daughters.  I’ll be thinking about a lazy afternoon with my wife. I’ll be thinking about sitting around the dinner table and seeing them happy and healthy and knowing that they were loved.  And I’ll be thinking about whether I did right by all of them.

To view President Obama’s full address to the graduates of Morehouse College on YouTube, click here.