Discipleship Idea – MM Movie Night – Chasing Mavericks

One thing that cannot be denied is that men like movies.  Every once in a while, a movie comes out that is not only really good but one that speaks to the heart of men and some of the issues they face.  These movies can make for a great men’s ministry event, where the movie acts as a draw to bring the guys out and the questions it raises can prompt great discussion after its over.

WARNING: SPOILERS MAY BE CONTAINED IN THE INFORMATION BELOW.  IF YOU WANT TO ENJOY THE MOVIE WITHOUT KNOWING PLOT POINTS, SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER.

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS IS NOT A REVIEW OF THE MOVIE BUT AN IDEA ON HOW TO USE THE MOVIE FOR A MEN’S MINISTRY EVENT.  FOR A REVIEW OF THE MOVIE FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE, VISIT A SITE SUCH AS WWW.PLUGGEDIN.COM.

Some years our church does a men’s campout in the summer (other years we do a men’s retreat in the fall).  During our campouts, one of the regular parts of the weekend is a movie on Saturday night.  We bring a big screen, sound system, lcd projector and loads of snacks, all the men grab their lawn chairs and we watch the sappiest romantic comedy we can find.  I’m kidding of course, we work hard to find a really good manly movie that wasn’t a huge success at the box office because all the men will have seen it or one that is a few years old so it will be fresh for guys who have seen it.  Last summer, the movie we chose was Robin Hood (the Russell Crowe version, NOT the Kevin Costner one).

As we were planning the campout, one of the movies that was part of the discussion was the movie Chasing Mavericks starring Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston.  I always watch the movies ahead of time to make sure that they are worth watching and acceptable.  After I watched this movie, I told my leaders that this movie was not going to be watched at the campout.  Instead, it was going to be saved for a MM movie night when we could make sure to discuss it and the themes it presents after viewing it.

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The movie raises so many issues and questions relevant to men it could almost serve as a men’s ministry course cirriculum itself.  It addresses overcoming fear and feelings of inadequacy, the importance of finding the right mentor, the impact being a mentor has on a man, dealing with temptation and loss, taking risks and overcoming in the areas of life that hinder others.

Enjoy the movie with your group of guys and then after, use some of these questions (or make up your own) as a launch pad to get the discussion rolling.

1) Jay had a father who left and a mother who was absent emotionally.  How does a man overcome the struggle of growing up in a home that is less than God’s ideal.

2) Why is it important that young men find the right person to serve as a role model?

3) Frosty felt unprepared to mentor Jay, which is something most men wrestle with.  How do we move past these struggles to begin taking on this important role?  How does taking on this role impact the one doing the mentoring?

4) Jay has what is known as a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal).  This is not supposed to be something rare for men.  Why do we all need these?  What are the benefits of having them?  What are the dangers of living without them?

5) Frosty talks about the four pillars of the human foundation – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  What do you think of these four pillars?  How strong are they in your life?  What are your thoughts about the fifth pillar he discovers – a friend he can lean on?  How are you doing on that one?

6) Jay is ready to risk his life to ride a wave yet spends years unable to open a letter from his father.  Why are men often willing to be so courageous in dangerous exploits yet so afraid to expose themselves to emotional risk?

My favorite quote - "There are kinds of sons.  Some are born to you and some just occur to you."  We all need to get that!

My favorite quote – “There are different kinds of sons. Some are born to you and some just occur to you.” We all need to get that!

After the discussion, pray for each other about the things that each man shares or any other need they have.

If you want to take more than one meeting to discuss some of the themes of this movie, show clips from the movie at each meeting which address whatever topic you want to talk about.  This will help refresh everyone’s memory and get the conversation going.

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