Below is a list of fatherhood resources for:
- men that desire to be better fathers
- churches and organizations seeking to start a fatherhood ministry
- and people interested in understanding the plight of the fatherless.
The absence of loving fathers is the cancer at the core of our societal demise.
The Effect of Absent Fathers
When a father leaves his children, emotional soul wounds—fear, rejection, and anger—take root. Some never heal. And many repeat themselves over generations. In the ancient book of Malachi, the prophet says:
And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse (Malachi 4:6)
We see the effect of this curse on society every day—mass shootings, mass incarceration, police brutality, divorce, racism and lack of compassion. Since 1993, Onnie I Kirk, Jr, his family and other advocates for fatherhood have operated a mentoring program for the fatherless boys.
The goal of The Day Sonny Died is to give insight into the journey of a soul and address the consequences of a soul who is fatherless and disconnected from our Heavenly Father.
But it is only the first step.
Numerous fatherhood resources exist.
Nashville: Men of Valor
Men of Valor seeks to reconcile men to God, their families and society and works with inmates and former prisoners. They provide aftercare and re-entry services 24/7 and give men the classes (such as parent training, job placement, Bible studies and financial planning) they need to get back on their feet.
Nashville: The Family Foundation Fund
The Family Foundation Fund’s (FFF) mission is to nurture fatherless boys into Christ-centered manhood and equip men to be fathers that love and lead. Since 1993, FFF has championed the cause of fatherhood in Middle Tennessee through year-round mentoring an education program, summer camp, seminars, Intentional Fatherhood workshops and its annual Fatherhood Games.
National: The National Fatherhood Initiative
The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) seeks to transform organizations and communities by equipping them to engage fathers in their children’s lives. NFI provides resources, training and curriculum to help launch local fatherhood programs through community groups, non-profits and state/federal agencies. For information on fatherhood resources near you, visit their Fatherhood Program Locator.
National: National Center for Fathering
The National Center for Fathering (NCF) seeks to engage fathers and enrich lives. NCF has hundreds fatherhood resources: articles, podcasts, ebooks and even a survey to give personalized feedback on fathering. For information on fatherhood based on the age of your kids, your situation (step parent, non-custodial, divorced etc.) or hot topics, visit their Resource Center.
Video: Why Fathers Matter