New Leadership Ministries website launched!

Leadership Ministries, our “mothership” out of Atlanta, launched a new website earlier this week:

Take some time to go through it…..lots of great information!  Click on the Friday Mornings tab to see the Charlotte Friday Morning Men’s Fellowship (FMMF) as well as the others!





Henry Ford was onto something…..

Or was he?  Actually, Ford (the company), had a motto years ago that read, “Quality is job one….”.  Even our author this week talks about it, in reference to his father-in-laws actions along an auto plant’s assembly line.  This week, our homework is to continue on in our first section of “Act Like Men” by reading chapters 6 (“Truly As Good As It Gets…“) and 7 (“Disneyland Quality“).  These two chapters fit nicely together as MacDonald discusses “what is perfection” and “what (and who) seem to be perfect” is not always the case.

Jon Pascal will lead this week as we tackle the key points in the chapters.  Short reads, once again, and great questions to consider at the end of each chapter.

See you in Fellowship beginning at 7:30 am this Friday at The Cornwell Center!


Of Course We’re Meeting Tomorrow!


It’s been one of those weeks!  And having chocolate on the brain from Wednesday night’s Halloween “event”, isn’t helping matters either!

Week 3 of our study…..homework is Chapter 4 (“And the Gold Goes to….”) and Chapter 5 (“What Are You Looking at..?“).

I took a different approach this week in preparing for Friday’s lesson.  I went, first, to the questions at the back of each chapter….then did the reading.  Yes, they’re still short reads…but knowing the questions helped me focus on the author’s message.

I won’t steal Rob Miller’s thunder…..he’s leading us this week.  I’ll see everyone at the Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am in Fellowship!


What Makes a Quality Man…..and What Doesn’t?

We’re in week 2 of our new study, “Act Like Men” by James MacDonald.  Recall that the book is divided into five sections, with each of those sections having eight chapters.  Have I lost you yet?

Those five sections are:

-Act Like Men

-Be Watchful

-Stand Firm in the Faith

-Be Strong

-Let All That You Do Be Done in Love

Now if the words of those sections sound familiar, then you’re on the right track with the book’s primary theme that comes to us from scripture:

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”  1 COR 16:13-14

Last week we started out at an easy pace out of the starting blocks.  And we’re picking up our stride a little bit this week……lean forward and pump those arms!

HOMEWORK is to read Chapter 2 and Chapter 3; “A Quality Man” and “Not a Quality Man”, respectively.  These are very short chapters but focus on the questions and reflections at the end of each chapter as those will be the basis for our discussion.

Mike will lead this week.  Gather in the parlor room at the Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am.  We’ll pick up the pace promptly at 7:45 am.

See you then!



Hurricane Michael slowed us down a little bit last week, resulting in our meeting locations being closed.  The power was out, too, so that made matters a little worse.  This week, we’re back on track with plans to “kickoff” our new series, Act Like Men by James MacDonald.  Your homework this week is fairly light….read the book’s Forward, Introduction, and Chapter 1: Acting Like Men.

I’ll have a tentative schedule for this series to share on Friday.  Looking closely at the best way to break up the book.

As always, come regardless if you’ve read ahead of time or even gotten the book!  You’ll also leave more fulfilled through insight and fellowship.  I hope to see you on Friday!

Cornwell Center front parlor room.  Gather starting at 7:30 am.  I’ll introduce our new series starting at 7:45 am.


Weather Cancellation: Hurricane Michael-related

Our meeting location, The Cornwell Center, will be closing early today, 10/11, and will have a delayed opening on Friday, 10/12.  As such, and taking safely into consideration, we are going to cancel this Friday’s FMMF and will introduce the new series NEXT Friday, 10/19.

The streets around Myers Park look like a war zone right now, with fallen down trees and debris.  Please be careful out there!

Prayers for our city and all those impacted by this storm along the Florida Panhandle, as well as Georgia and the Carolinas.


“And for the category, “Acting Like Men”, the award goes to……”

Okay, buckle up, men.  We’re at the start of our next study series, “Act Like Men” by James MacDonald.  I don’t have a set schedule, yet….the plan is to see how the first couple of weeks go, and we’ll plan things out after that.  This week, homework is to read the book’s Forward, Introduction and Chapter 1 (Acting Like Men).  Those three sections, albeit a little short in pages, provide an excellent foundation for the book ahead.

This week, Mike leads us using the scripture passage from 1 Corinthians 13: 11 as our backdrop.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away my childish things.” (KJV)

If you haven’t ordered the book yet, do that at this LINK.  And even if you don’t have the book, show up on Friday!  With what I see as a long series ahead, you’ll still have plenty of time to make that purchase!

See you this Friday, ready to go by 7:45 am at The Cornwell Center.

Alright, alright…..alright!


Mark Maynard Visits FMMF Charlotte This Week!

The Friday Morning Men’s group in Charlotte is honored to welcome Leadership Ministries president, Mark Maynard, to our FMMF this coming Friday, OCT 4th.  Among his various roles as president, Mark oversees five Friday Morning Men’s Fellowship (FMMF) programs including three in Atlanta, one in Nashville, and of course, our Charlotte location.  In addition, Mark is focused on Leadership Ministries mission statement that reads:

“Our mission, at Leadership Ministries, for more than 30 years, has been to address the strategic need in our culture to develop male leadership. Each week hundreds of men gather to be encouraged and equipped to lead in the primary institutions of society – marriage, family and business. I invite you to strengthen your leadership skills by joining us at a location near you.”  

—Mark Maynard

We invite you to join Mark and the FMMF Charlotte team this Friday at The Cornwell Center.  Come if you’ve been a regular attendee, if it’s been a while since you’ve come, or if you’ve never come at all…..all are welcome!

Beyond Mark’s lesson this week, Mike Lenhart will briefly introduce our next planned study series, “Act Like Men” by James MacDonald.  The new series will begin next Friday, OCT 12th.  Order you book ahead of time at the FMMF Charlotte Resources page:

FMMF Charlotte meets every Friday in the front parlor room of The Cornwell Center.  Gather beginning at 7:30 am.  Our weekly lesson kicks off at 7:45 am, and we wrap-up by 8:30 am.

See you then!




Who Sees the Rooftop When Nothing Else is Higher?

Our series wraps up this week with a lesson on Paul.  Largely regarded by Biblical scholars as the greatest writer of Jesus’ message, Paul is also regarded as one of the most, if not the most, passionate of all of His followers.

Passion” is a key message in our final chapter.

What drives our passion?  Are we passionate about our Creator or are do we simply, as our author says, carry around our Christian beliefs in a duffel bag, pulling out those beliefs when we need them….and storing them away when we don’t.

There’s a gap for some between a larger God and us.  How can we close that gap?

In this week’s reading you’ll see a story about Andre Agassi, speaking at the hall of fame induction of his wife, Steffi Graf.  In those remarks, Agassi talks about a roof built many years ago, before airplanes were even invented.  Why did the roof-makers not take shortcuts when there was not the ability to stand above the roof?

We’ll discuss those answers and more this week under the context of Paul’s passion.

Also, the author has a wonderful summary of all ten characters at the end of this week’s reading.  We’ll wrap up our book this week using that summary as a guide.

Gather at 7:30 am at The Cornwell Center.  We’ll start the lesson at 7:45 am.  Mike leads us this week.


Peter’s Plan

Full disclosure:  Peter is my kind of guy. Didn’t always get things right and sometimes let his emotions lead him to missing the point altogether. But in the end, when the chips were down, Peter comes through.

I also like Paul….but that will be next week’s full disclosure!

For me, the key message this week is on page 140 in the paragraph that starts out “Here’s the good news….”.  Hint, hint….that’s the Plan!  That’s discipleship!

I won’t steal our leader’s thunder but if you read that paragraph then you’re off to a good start!

John Ramey is our leader this week. I checked in with him earlier and he’s rearing to go!

Gather at 7:30 am. Lesson starts at 7:45 am. Cornwell Center.

Come hear about the “rock”!