Preaching to the Fatherless
How to bring God’s hope into our father-hungry culture.
The importance of fatherhood issues
I have served as the lead pastor of Life Change Church for twenty-five years. During the early years of my pastorate, I believe I was intuitively aware of the fatherless issue. However, it wasn't until we had a prayer meeting in an old grocery store that the fatherless reality hit me like a ton of bricks.
There were about thirty of us in a circle comprised of all ages, ethnicities, and gender. During the prayer for whatever reason, I lifted up my head and with my eyes began to peruse the circle. As I peered into each face, the phrase, echoed in my mind, "No father, no father, no father!" In that circle alone, I was made keenly aware of the fact that up to 80 percent of the people who gather there had either no father present in the home while growing up or had an unhealthy father experience. My eyes and heart were opened that moment to the enormity of the issue.
During the process of working on my Doctoral Dissertation, I did the unthinkable: I made a decision ...