LIMA — Cornerstone Church is holding a two-day event, which started Saturday, called Everyman Weekend.
The goal is to engage men of all ages to put their faith forward and family forward by encouraging them to be present in their spheres of influence.
“Everyman Weekend is an opportunity for Cornerstone Church to really reach out to the men in our community and the young men in our community because we believe that regardless of whether you’re talking about family issues, if you’re talking about community issues or any of that, it is important for men to take their place and lead their families,” said Herb Ford, administrative pastor at Cornerstone.
Having a strong male role model in the family is very important.
“Today is all about ‘Faith Forward’ and ‘Family Forward’ and we believe that you can curb a lot of negative things, you can curb a lot of crime and a lot of different things to really help put the family in its place by having great leadership, and that’s what Everyman Weekend in all about,” said Ford.
Former NFL linebacker Akin Ayodele shared with the crowd the importance of male involvement in the community.
“I really never met my father. I’ve had people and men have come into my life that have been a huge impact on my character and the person I am right now. Throughout my adulthood, especially, I’ve had several people that have been a huge influence on the person that I’m going to be,” said Ayodele.
The presence of an adult male in a family can be very important to how that child turns out.
“I think it’s huge. For instance, a male adult can give a kid confidence once you step outside your house on the things that will impact you. [He can also show] how your character is important, how the decision making is important, and so I think it’s huge. We talk about being influenced by the right kind of people, and when you have the right kind of adult in your life, it really transforms the person that you become,” said Ayodele.
Ayodele will speak again Sunday morning at Cornerstone Church during the 10 a.m. service.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.