Speaker. Life and Leadership Mentor. Community Leader. Traveller. Runner. Biker. Reader. Movie-Watcher. Coffee-Drinker … far too much coffee.
My name is Ian Forest-Jones. I am a Canadian living with my wife and children in Sydney, Australia, since 1994.
What’s This Site About?
Despite all the time I have spent in and around and with Christians, I have to admit that I have usually felt like I didn’t belong. Additionally, I have felt as if churches and their programs were always much more targeted towards the needs and personalities of women. So, in my search for Christian community that appeals to and is relevant to men, their needs and their unique ways of interacting, I have been inspired to put this website together.
Through of God and Men, I want to help men,
- find out just how reasonable and reliable is faith in Jesus;
- discover the benefits of, and maintain, a Christian lifestyle; and,
- participate in —and, if need be, form— healthy and life-enhancing community.
The articles on this blog will be medium-long in length because I certainly don’t want to treat any topics in an off-handed or superficial manner. I will write about motorcycles, adventure, lifestyle hacks, productivity, running, family and other life-oriented topics. I will write about these topics in a way that is helpful and relevant to men, but also in a way that highlights the contribution of Christian faith and lifestyle to those topics. However, I will write for guys in general, so you shouldn’t ever be offended by this side of the articles.
I will post a new article every 1-2 weeks. For those who subscribe to my newsletter by email, I’ll also provide some background to the article, some jokes and links to other articles of interest I’ve come across on the Internet.
My most popular posts, so far, are the following:
- When Facing the Challenges of Life, Practise Perseverance
- On Wheels and A Prayer
- Running For Life and an Eternal Prize
- What The #?*! Is Mentoring Anyway?
- How Much Would You Pay for Someone’s Wisdom?
Why Should Anyone Be Interested In My Story?
As I’m sure you can tell from this video, my faith has never been a crutch to avoid hard times, yet I have always had a sense of being accompanied on my journey. You too can have a sense of solid assurance in your life.
After 20+ years of working as a Minister in various churches and capacities, I am presently serving as a Pastor at Wesley Mission. The congregations of Wesley Mission draw more than a thousand regular worshippers each week. Thanks to more than 2,000 staff, 3,000 volunteers, and many supporters, the community services of Wesley Mission cater to a broad spectrum of the community, from children, youth, and families, to older people and carers, to anyone struggling with financial or domestic challenges, homelessness, addiction or mental health issues —it’s worth noting, however, that the opinions expressed on this website reflect my own views and are in no way indicative of, nor sanctioned by, anyone else associated with Wesley Mission.
Enough about my work. You might be more interested in the fact that I did not grow up in a Christian home. I did not pursue the typical path to train for ministry, but studied Psychology, Philosophy and Human Sciences, alongside Religion and Theology. I have worked in a variety of denominations, so am not trying to perpetuate any one perspective, but am seeking a holistic and healthy spirituality. I hang out with ‘real’ people —bikers, runners, musicians, parents, etc— so am relatively ‘normal’ for a Christian minister.
If I have piqued your interest, then why not sign up below for my weekly newsletter, delivered to your inbox by e-mail? I hope you’ll find my articles interesting and resources helpful. Please let me know. Send me any questions or comments you might have, either using the “Comments” section at the bottom of my posts or using the contact form here. I’d love to hear from you!
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Grace and peace,