Men’s Ministry Network

Supporting and caring for the development of men’s ministries
within the Northeastern Iowa Synod.



One Life to Live Men’s Retreat

Nov. 5-7, 2021
Camp Ewalu, Strawberry Point, Iowa

Men of all ages are invited to the “One Year to Live” in-person men’s retreat set for Nov. 5-7 at Camp Ewalu near Strawberry Point.

This 45-hour spiritual boot camp is an opportunity for men to gather in person to reexamine their life and priorities, make decisions for their future, and discover together how God has equipped them to live.

The fee to attend is $150 if registered by Wednesday, Oct. 20. After that date the fee is $175.
The final day to register is Oct. 27.

Download registration brochure.


Online Events

Book Discussion Group
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CST
Zoom Meeting 

Men from across the country meet weekly to discuss thought-provoking books about church life and current topics. Contact Jim Rathe for the Zoom link and for more information.


Bible Study
Thursdays at 7 p.m. CST
Zoom Meeting 

Contact Jim Rathe for the Zoom link and for more information.

Men’s Ministry Resources

Project Twelve
Online self-study resources to help men become better fathers, husbands and leaders. Men can do the studies individually at their own pace or as part of a small groups.  Many of the studies are geared for younger men, with topics that include fathering skills, work-family balance, managing money and more.


Lifeline Bible Study Series
Written by real guys from a variety of Christian traditions, this Bible study series uses Christ-centered conversations to focus on the challenges and opportunities that all men share in life. 


Bold Gathering
Resources from the Bold Gathering Day for men to come together to learn, to network and to be equipped boldly to live out their faith.





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Men’s Ministry Network


  • Encouragement of developing men’s ministries within congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.
  • Generational bonds of men of the church.
  • The need for men of the community to have a relationship with the church and with other men of faith.



  • Support local churches as they work on developing men’s ministries and leadership in their congregations.



  • Find and develop leaders of men’s ministry within the congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.
  • Make available opportunities for gatherings of men of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.



Jim Rathe

Synod Staff

Rev. Mark Anderson 




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coming-of-ageVideo – Building Men for Christ

Coming of Age: Exploring the Spirituality and Identity of Younger Men
by David W. Anderson; Paul G. Hill; Dr. Roland D. Martinson