Definitions, Benefits & Reasons of Membership
What's In It For Me?
If you are like most men, you ask yourself "what's in this for me"? The answer is a bit complex. Perhaps if your sole interest is helping men in your own location we can assist with national media promoting your conference, vetting new materials and even arrange for new speakers. We certainly offer services beyond the capacity of your local group to offer such as the private social network HUB or the national Sexual Integrity Initiative.
But we assume you are interested in more than just what's in it for you. Most of us do pretty well with our conferences, small faith groups, etc.. Here is the problem-what do we tell the men who call or write us wanting to begin their first conference, first parish group or need strong personal support for their serious challenges like porn addiction?
We are, and have always been, a very evangelistic organization. With our great leadership in years past, we have expanded rapidly throughout the nation. Like our Catholic Church we encourage everyone to first support your local parish and ministries. After that we are called to help those outside our parish, diocese, etc. to assist the greater effort in what Blessed John Paul and Pope Benedict XVI have called "the new evangelization".
That is what we are called to do-not only locally, but internationally.
The NFCM certainly has an obligation to continue supporting existing fellowships and groups we are called to reach OUT to men who have no awareness, support or structure to help them. The NFCM isincreasingly tasked with evangelizing men on a global basis by assisting them in beginning new fellowships, supplying much needed formation support through targeted alliances, collaborative spiritual triage, public evangelism and ultimately the development of a robust commitment to integrated catholic life for men.
To do that we need your prayerful and financial support.
1. Paying it forward.
You might be doing terrific in your spiritual walk with Christ but millions of men are not. We must help reach out to them with events, materials, friendship and mentoring. Your membership allows you to help others-what the Pope call"the New Evangelization". Inshort, its not all about you and I, its about the millions of men who need to hear, embrace and become engaged in The Faith.
2. Our culture is hurting.
Our culture is in serious trouble. Provide, protect and lead. That is what we as men are called to do. The culture is all to happy to allow us to meet in our little groups, or an annual conference, etc. What they fear is men, coming together to make a stand for the issues that matter most-faith, family, marriage, children, life, personal dignity and justice. Just think of recent events with the Occupy Wall Street experience. People mobilized, stood publicly and impacted the culture. Or the Tea Party. When men unite with little regard for just their own issues, things change. The men who built Cathedrals never prayed in them-they left a patrimony for the next generations. Join us and help us build a new culture.
3. Men are in trouble.
You don't have to be a genius to understand that when the number of wounded men reaches the highest rate in history, something is wrong. More marriages are falling apart than ever before-and Catholic marriages are ahead of the national average. The family trial lawyers of America indicated the #1 reason is pornography. So with nearly 60% divorce rate and over 80% porn rate, men are being savaged. You must help them. The NFCM now offers new tools, support groups, counseling, online and personal treatment and compassion for these men. But only if you step up andhelp us help them or perhaps even you and/or your family. It's time to take off the mask, suit up and get after it.
4. Men need men.
Recent surveys found that less than 1 in 8 men have one close friend who they could call upon for unconditional support in an emergency. Too many men are fighting their life battles completely alone. And losing. We must offer these men a safe, supportive, masculine group of men to hold them accountable and jointly grow together as men. We can offer programs, materials, leadership training and more to facilitate spiritual growth and courage. But we need your help to sustain this and develop new, relevant tools. Being a man means being accountable. No accountability, no spiritual growth. You need others and they need you.
5. No money. No mission.
Let's get real. If we don't have your financial support we simply cannot help the millions of men who are reaching out for help. The NFCM receives dozens of prayer requests weekly. We received heart breaking cries for addiction freedom. We hear from many men asking for direction on conferences, small groups, materials, speakers and more. We have, and are continuing to create, new materials, alliances & services for current and new fellowships. We have specific tactical targets to assist new groups in being formed and developed in 2012 and beyond-including Europe and Africa.
In short, we really need you to assist other men, and to consider the NFCM as your distribution ally in getting that support and help to these men.
Donating Member Benefits
* Individual Members:
-Receive a discounted Invitation to the NFCM Men's Retreat
-Access to member webinars (and other services) provided by the NFCM
-Access to the NFCM Store and special pricing
-Advanced notice of limited availability of special events, materials, etc.
-Your assistance helps us offer services to new Fellowships at no cost to them- in effect, you are helping underwrite new ministries around the globe.
* Fellowship Leader Members:
-Receive one free tickets to attend the NFCM Leadership Summit
-Receive two discounted tickets to attend the National Leadership Summit
-Receive a free full function Fellowship community site on the NFCM HUB TM
-Receive email marketing discounts
-Advance New Speakers notification
-Receive free and/or discounted webinars training opportunities
-Discounted merchandise offers on the NFCM Store
* Apostolate Members receive an invitation to exhibit at the NFCM Leadership
-Direct and Indirect email marketing access to NFCM members
-First option on advertising opportunities
Donation Definitions (Donationns not required for membership)
Individual Member: An individual Catholic man who seeks to deepen his conversion to Christ, through orthodox Catholic formation materials and services with other men.
Suggested donation: $10 per month or $100 per year but not required.
Fellowship Membership: A diocesan group of men who desire to minister to the needs and issues of Catholic men in their diocese. Typically this takes the form of establishing an annual or semi-annual men's conference, encouraging small groups for men's spiritual formation and personal support and retreats for spiritual renewal. Fellowship membership benefits extend to the top 4 executives in the Fellowship.
Suggested donations (not required by helpful) are as follows:
FREE for first year for a group beginning a new fellowship
Ensuing years :
Gold Level: $1000.00/year
Silver Level: $ 500.00/year
Bronze Level: $ 250.00/year
Apostolate Member: A Catholic men's ministry which seeks to provide information, catechetical material, spiritual direction or other services to Catholic men. Typically such apostolates are national or global in scope and have created their own cotent for consideration of Catholic men, groups, dioceses, etc.
Suggested donation (but not required) : $250 per year.