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Fathers in the Field

Program Details

The ultimate goal of Fathers in the Field is to enrich the lives of each fatherless boy who joins up to journey together with a Mentor Father—led by the Champions at Flatirons Community Church.

This amazing journey looks very much the same for most involved, at least logistically (i.e., how to get involved, be involved, and what to expect). All aspects of the Fathers in the Field program at Flatirons have been carefully planned and implemented to meet the needs of each individual fatherless boy (Field Buddy).

This Fathers in the Field journey is designed to be a three-year process broken up into one-year commitments. Each Field Buddy is paired with a Mentor Father to be the Godly man who will come alongside to lead and speak the truth into the life of the Field Buddy.

“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.” – Deuteronomy 10:18

The Fathers in the Field program at Flatirons includes five key elements that make up the journey between the Field Buddy and his Mentor Father:

  1. Journey Talks are intentional conversations between the Field Buddy and his Mentor Father driven by the content provided in the Journey Guide.
    1. Journey Guide is a three-year biblically based curriculum providing the guidance and teaching necessary to meet the mission of Fathers in the Field. The Journey Guide is provided to assist each Field Buddy in a daily study—a commitment that both the Field Buddy and the Mentor Father make to each another (Review of the Journey Guide through Journey Talks is a monthly requirement)
    2. Journey Gifts are monthly gifts presented to the Field Buddy as a reward for completing the Journey Guide Curriculum for the month, and are necessary in the preparation for the Year End Celebration.
      More Information http://www.fathersinthefield.com/the-ministry/journey-talks/
  2. Weekend Services
    Attendance at Flatirons Community Church services is mandatory for Field Buddies and Mentor Fathers. The intention is that the Field Buddy will attend church with his Mentor Father—which may alternatively be attendance in the age appropriate Summit Kid’s Ministry.
    The Mentor Father is expected to pick up his Field Buddy for a minimum of two church services per month.
  3. Community Service Servant leadership is at the heart of Fathers in the Field and it is instilled through community service. Through the community service aspect of the program, the Field Buddies develop a serving attitude towards their mothers, the church, and the community—gaining value by serving the needs of others—rather than focusing on their own needs. The community service aspect benefits the Field Buddies by experiencing a sense of accomplishment, helpfulness, and value to the community. Group service projects with other Field Buddy/Mentor Father pairs is encouraged to foster a greater sense of belonging and comradery.

    The Mentor Father is expected to pick up his Field Buddy for a minimum of one service project per month.

  4. Outdoor Activity Why outdoors? God has given us the gift of the great outdoors; free of distractions and allowing a natural bonding between the Field Buddy and his Mentor Father. The intent of the outdoor activity is to learn, practice, and experience the skills and knowledge that will lead to a successful Year End Celebration (See Below). Many opportunities are presented to Field Buddies through their Mentor Fathers to gain a broad appreciation for many outdoor activities beyond what they’ll need for the Year End Celebration.

    Mentor Fathers are expected to pick up their Field Buddies and engage in an outdoor activity at least once per month.

  5. Year End Celebration An annual outdoor event or Year End Celebration is an intentional time set aside to celebrate the spiritual, emotional, and physical growth experienced by the Field Buddy and his Mentor Father. The Year End Celebration is a culmination of the year-long journey that the Mentor Father and his Field Buddy have enjoyed together—and is one of the primary focuses of the monthly Journey Talks. This celebration is a great incentive for the Field Buddy to complete his Journey Guide assignments and to gain the needed skills to fully enjoy the celebration event.

    More information: Father in the Field Year End Celebration

Single Mom/Field Buddies

Everyone involved in the Fathers in the Field program (Mentor Father, Field buddy and mother) make a commitment to each other (and before God) to fulfill the requirements of the program for the benefit of everyone. Life happens, and circumstances change, but the individual commitments are a priority when considering daily, monthly, and major life changes.

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Flatirons Community Church is deeply committed to the Fathers in the Field program and its participants—assuring that there is no cost for a single mom to get involved.

The Field Buddies and Mentor Fathers have a minimum of four “contacts” per month. The contacts will be:

  1. Attending two church services (or Summit Kid’s Ministry) together
  2. A service project
  3. An outdoor activity
  4. The Journey Talk—typically done along with one of the contacts each month.

We know that your son will benefit from the Fathers in the Field program at Flatirons, if you and your son are both willing to commit and the basic criteria above is met. Fear of the unknown is usually the number one obstacle to getting involved. But we encourage you to lean into your faith and trust that the journey you’re about to embark on will change the life of your son forever.

Mentor Fathers

Everyone involved in the Fathers in the Field program (Mentor Father, Field buddy and mother) make a commitment to each other (and before God) to fulfill the requirements of the program for the benefit of everyone.

Download Commitment Forms

This is a three-year Journey with annual commitments made at the start of the first year and for each of the following two years. Life happens, and circumstances change, but the individual commitments are a priority when considering daily, monthly, and major life changes.

Flatirons Community Church is deeply committed to the Fathers in the Field program and its participants—assuring that there is no cost for a single mom to get involved.

There is no cost to Mentor Fathers to get involved, but over the course of the journey there will most likely be activities that have costs associated with them. These costs will be the responsibility of the Mentor Father. The Flatirons Community Church staff, and Church Champions, recognize that the burden can be minimized with thoughtful planning and taking advantage of the many resources available to us.

The Field Buddies and Mentor Fathers have a minimum of four “contacts” per month. The contacts will be:

  1. Attending church services (or Summit Kid’s Ministry) together
  2. A service project
  3. An outdoor activity
  4. The Journey Talk—typically done along with one of the four contacts per month.

Mentor Fathers will also be expected to attend a monthly ministry meeting (typically the 2nd Monday of every month).

If you are reading this and you feel called to serve the “least of these” (Matthew 25), you will soon find that your passion for the outdoors will soon pale in comparison to the compassion that you’ll have for a fatherless boy.

If you’re not an outdoorsman, that’s okay. That’s not a deal breaker. The goals of Fathers in the Field are best met in the outdoors—enjoying all that God has created, away from all of life’s distractions. Could you maybe step out of your comfort zone and share with a boy who has almost no access or opportunity to the outdoors?

Fathers in the Field can be challenging and messy, but you’ll be linking arms with other men of God with diverse talents and resources—building a true community with a group of strong, like-minded men. We guarantee that you’ll grow personally like you never could have imagined!

Download the Mentor Father Application

History

How we got to here…

This all started when Lead Pastor Jim Burgen described the role that men (and specifically fathers) play in that process of growing into manhood in January of 2012 (See “Reverse Engineering – Fathers: Provide, Teach, and Protect”), but working out the details for a church the size of Flatirons took a little bit of time. In May 2016, Flatirons Community Church officially linked arms with the national Fathers in the Field ministry, based out of Loveland Colorado.

As the country’s largest church partner of Fathers in the Field, Flatirons Community Church has a dozen dedicated church Champions, dozens of Mentor Fathers, and over two dozen Field Buddies (fatherless boys), each paired with a Mentor Father.

Each of the Field Buddies have a vetted, committed, and intentional Mentor Father to guide them through this journey. The journey is a very individualized “coming of age” process that helps these boys process the emotional pain and anxiety resulting from the abandonment, and absence, of their birth father.

For more information on Fathers in the Field please visit their web site fathersinthefield.com