Dennis Rainey


In my own journey through manhood, I’ve discovered three progressive truths:

I have to be intentional.
I must rely on God.
I need other men.

I have to be intentional. There’s just too much turbulence out there to rely on autopilot. I can’t afford to drift from one day to the next, one decision to the next, one assignment to the next, and expect to be successful. I will fail, or at the very least under-deliver—as a husband, dad, and friend—if I’m always in reactive mode. If my life is to have a purpose, then I must live it purposefully.

I must rely on God. Though second on my list, this is the most important truth. I must never treat God as an add-on. With Him at the center, at the core, I have constant access to His grace, mercy, help, and wisdom. Without Him, I have nothing and I am nothing.

I need other men. This is really an extension of relying on God. I need the encouragement, training, and even the correction that God sends my way through other men. This is the great truth of Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Other men sharpen me; they make me a better man.

Everything you read and hear in Stepping Up resources is wrapped around these three truths. Available as a booksmall group video series or a one-day video event, Stepping Up provides the flexibility you need to reach men according to your schedule and help them pursue godliness through practical application. The resources are appropriate for:

  • Small groups
  • Kick-off events for your men’s ministry season
  • Men’s retreats or getaways
  • Youth groups
  • Father-son getaways or small groups
  • Prison ministries
  • Military ministries
  • One-on-one mentoring

The Stepping Up video series and event feature renowned ministry leaders that will challenge you to dig deep into what it means to be a godly, courageous man. Presenters include: