Mens Ministry

Fourth Church Men’s Ministry invites men of all ages to explore their spirituality in community through discussions, fellowship, meals, and other activities.

All men are welcome to attend!

Men’s Breakfast | Book Club
Bible Study | Discussion Group
Listening for God: A Weekly Faith Discussion Group

Men’s Breakfast

   8:00 a.m.
   Room 4E

May 11
Guest Presenter: Gerald W. Adelmann, President and C.E.O., Openlands

Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.

June 8
Guest Presenter: Bob Jordan

On Saturday June 8 we will welcome Bob Jordan to our final Boyle Breakfast for the 2018-2019 season. You know him from his work at WGN Channel 9 but he is also a speaker and author. 

Please R.S.V.P. with Anne Ellis to join us or for more information.

Men’s Book Club

The Men’s Book Club wishes to extend an invitation to all men of Fourth Church.

This group meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 7:30-9:00 a.m., usually in the Parish House Dining Room. Books to be discussed are chosen by the group, usually nonfiction.

A light breakfast is provided at a nominal cost.

September 23 
The American Kingpin:
The Epic Hunt For the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
    by Nick Bilton 
At the residence of Don Hunt.

October 28
Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou.
Room TBD, at Fourth Church


Men’s Bible Study

   7:30 a.m. in the Loop

A Men’s Bible Study focusing on lectionary readings from the pulpit meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 a.m. in the Loop. Registration is required. Contact Anne Ellis to register.


Men’s Discussion Group

   7:00 to 8:30 a.m.
   Randolph Room

“How to Hear God Speaking Personally through the Gospels” is a weekly three month discussion group for men, Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 a.m. from May through July.

This small discussion group with 6–8 men combines autobiography and active listening to Jesus’ life and teachings.  Each week, one participant will reflect on the people, places and events that have shaped his life.  Then a half chapter of the Gospel of Mark will be read, giving special attention to a phrase or sentence where one feels a heightened interest or personal connection. 

No one is required to relate his “most interesting phrase,” but the discussion will be based on the insights that are shared.  Noknowledge of the Bible, theology, or experience in such a group is required. Only two things are required: consistent attendance over the three month period (except when out of town), and confidentiality re: the life stories told.

Leading this experience will be Rev. David Handley, a retired minister ofthe Chicago Presbytery, who has started over 25 men’s groups using this format. 

To register (required), email Anne Ellis.


Listening for God:  Considering How God Speaks to Us through Scripture and Our Own Experience

A Weekly Faith Discussion Group for Men

   Fridays, October 12–December 14
   7:15 to 8:45 a.m.
   Room 5D

This small discussion group (6-8 men) combines autobiography with Scripture readings. One participant each week will reflect on the people, places, and events that shaped his life. Then a Scripture passage will be read by the group and discussed, with particular attention given to points and themes evoking personal interest and connection. Discussion will focus on insights shared by group members. No previous knowledge of the Bible is required.

Consistent weekly attendance is required (with exceptions for when one must be out of town). Personal sharing of experiences and opinions will be held in confidence by the group.

Tom Forster-Smith, a member of the Chicago Presbytery and an active participant at Fourth Church, will facilitate the discussion.

For more information and to register, please attend one of the informational gatherings following the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, September 16 and Sept. 30, or contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

For more information about Fourth Church Men’s Ministry,
contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).