By Bishop Ken Carroll
The Real Men Annual Conference, organized by Bishop John McIntosh and Pastor Jackie Curry at the New Hope Ministries in Mt. Hope, took place from June 29 to July 1. The event brought men of the North Abaco region together, recognizing the necessity for men, especially fathers, to become priests, protectors, and providers for their families.
Pastor Curry emphasized the importance of men fulfilling their responsibilities, otherwise possibly leading to a weak family structure.
This year’s theme was “Men’s Role In Restoration of the Family.” Men from Treasure Cay to Crown Haven, as well as the cays, including Green Turtle Cay, came to hear Pastor Alex Archer from Lather Rain Ministries, Pastor Rudy McIntosh of Cooper Town, and Pastor Stephen Knowles – Former President of Abaco Christian Council, talk about their views on the structure of The Bahamian Family.
Concluding the Real Men Conference was a gala men’s breakfast, where community pastors made up an eight person pastoral panel from the local churches, including Pastor Rudolph McIntosh, Pastor Rudy McKinney, Bishop Brunel Parker, Pastor Leslie Cornish, Pastor Daniel Curry, Bishop John McIntosh, Bishop Cedirc Bullard, and Pastor Elton McIntosh. The panel took the initiative in discussing the areas that are important to the Bahamian Family structure, ranging from the church family to the family in the homes.
Advocating in a serious tone, Senior Pastor of New Hope Ministries Bishop John McIntosh said that this conference is well needed and explained that today we are living in a critical time never before experienced in history, where the family structure is divided.
Bishop McIntosh continued to say that if the family unit fails then the church will not be effective in our communities.
Those in attendance applauded the organizers and Pastor Ken Jones from Miracle Church of God – Green Turtle Cay, who was also in attendance, said that this is a serious time we are living in and we need to pay special attention to the direction our nation is working toward in the preparation of upcoming leaders of tomorrow’s world, especially upcoming young fathers.