3rd F – Sharpening our Leadership through an Abiding Relationship

  • QIC: Chickens Hawk and Orange Crush
  • When: 02/20/2018
  • Posted In: 3rdF, Convergence

Open to all Pax in The Fort, Rock Hill, Metro, Area 51, Gastonia and beyond!!!

@ Forest Hill Fort Mill (2099 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill SC 29708)

@6:15 AM – 7:00 AM

Join a 3rd F panel :   Rocky Fleming, Bryan Craig  and Glenn Gordon (moderated by myself)


“How does learning to have an abiding relationship in Christ impact our ability to be an effective leader?”

Join in the discussion with a group of men that have been intentional in their walks to figure out what it means to have an abiding relationship with Christ and what that looks like in everyday life.  These men will share what their path has looked like as they have learned how to down this and most importantly how this has helped them be a more effective leader in their homes, workplaces and community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to #ISI and take another step toward being a #HIM

NOTE:  Rocky Fleming and Bryan Craig are founder and Executive director at influencers (www.influencers.org) and we are privileged to have them with us to share their story to help sharpen us.



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Its Christmas time and the word of the month is giving so I am asking if you would take moments pray about giving to help a fellow pax. Last year Stang got the Fort and the Rock pax to donate gift cards, cash and presents for me and my family.  This was huge for me and my family, with that  being said I feel the need to help a fellow pax and give back. I have been in touch with our pax of the Fort looking for someone to help out. This morning in COT it was mentioned by Destiny that a fellow pax’s son has just been diagnosed with leukemia and his wife is pregnant with twins. Then again Ginsu and Rock thrill had a tweet about it and come to find out it is an Area51  pax named Bout time his sons name is Jennings. This hits close to home and just knew this is who we need to help this year. a few

If I have never had the pleasure of posting with you in the Gloom I would like to take a second and share my story, Dec 2015 on Christmas eve my 2.5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia ALL Type B, on Christmas day she had surgery to have a port installed and her first 3 rounds of chemo. We spent Christmas in the hospital and I broke down never cried so hard in my life. I reached out to God prayed that everything will be okay and about 10 min later after the took my daughter back for surgery he answered my pray because a peace just came over me and heard the words its going to be okay.  The last 2 years have been a hard 2 years with ups and downs but also have enlightened me, allowed me to get closer to God.  It also allowed me to become apart of F3 with out the men of this group not sure where I would be mentally and physically today. I like to thank you for the push the words of encouragement.


I am asking pax to give what your heart tells you. Prayers gift cards, cash etc. I have seen what awesome pax you can be when challenged to give you all always go above and beyond.

See your site Q’s for collections and or Dark helmet , Stang, Witch hunt, Royale and Cornerstone, we want to wrap it up by 12/22/17


2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 18:16

A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


Thanks Again HIMS


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2017 Paradise Turkey Giveaway


What an amazing day! The main goal for this year’s turkey giveaway was to further connect with the Paradise community. Paradise is an underprivileged black neighborhood in Fort Mill, SC.

We blessed the beautiful people of the Paradise community with over 160 turkeys, 120 homemade cupcakes (courtesy of Barry Manilow’s family) and 320 slices of pizza. All supplies were depleted within the first hour of the event.

Hundreds of families from Paradise and F3 were in attendance. Our fellowship was incredible.  #HIMs of F3 were true gentlemen and carried turkeys for the women and the elderly of the neighborhood. They were flattered by the kindness of the men of F3 and our willingness to serve.

One reason why so many families from the neighborhood attended this event is because of F3’s  consistent presence in the community. Our weekly workouts called G-Fit (aka Get Fit) helped us build relationships with the local families. Being constantly present builds trust, removes social divisions and helps us to live out the “Golden Rule” of loving our neighbors.

A young man named Vincent who lives in Paradise attended the event. Vincent was born and raised in community. Earlier this year, he referred to F3 as “them” or “those guys.” He mentioned F3 in a respectful way but it was clear that the Pax was viewed as “outsiders” from the Paradise community. He took the initiative to help distribute flyers for the turkey giveaway. Vincent connected us with several influential leaders in the neighborhood. During the event, he carried turkeys to the cars of women and the elderly. Vincent helped to clean-up after the event. When we debriefed at the end of the event, Vincent stopped referring to F3 as “them” and referred to F3 as “us.” He said unabashedly that “I am in support for F3 because F3 is here for us.”

Vincent’s story highlights what it takes to make a positive impact in underprivileged neighborhoods. We must meet people where they are and then address their needs. At the event, several parents in the community asked if the men of F3 can mentor their children.

Mentoring in the Paradise community is now our top priority. We will be intentional about creating opportunities to mentor the children. As we mentor we will teach life skills. A turkey giveaway provides the people of Paradise with a meal for a couple of days. Mentoring and teaching children of poverty life skills will show them how to provide meals for themselves for life.

This year’s turkey giveaway deepened F3’s impact and relationship with the families in Paradise. Your support made this event possible. Thank you for supplying turkeys. We appreciate your prayers and contributions toward the event. Most of all, T-Claps for your servant leadership in our underprivileged communities.

See pictures from the turkey giveaway here: https://goo.gl/72uEcp



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Paradise Turkey Giveaway

The F3 Fort Mill Pax is organizing a turkey giveaway in Fort Mill’s Paradise Community. Paradise is Fort Mill’s historic black neighborhood that has a rising poverty level. It’s located across the street from CVS on Tom Hall (near downtown Fort Mill/Doby’s Bridge Road).

Why: We will bless the people of Paradise with turkeys for Thanksgiving. This turkey giveaway will expand our reach into the community to develop male leaders through the F3 model. The Pax will eat pizza with the community to make this event relationship- based and not just a turkey transaction. This event creates as opportunity for us to engage and pray with this community that we continue to impact.

When: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 18th.

Where: Steele Street Park (in the pavilion) at 600 Steele Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Call To Action: 1) Donate a FROZEN turkey, or 2) Make a monetary donation which will be used for turkey purchases via Copay’s Paypal account which is https://www.paypal.me/KFields84, or 3) Attend the event and engage with the community.

How To Donate A Turkey: Bring a FROZEN Turkey to a Saturday AO on 11/18/17. Site Qs will then bring the turkeys to the Event Leaders.

Event Leaders: Deacon (Twitter @careervaluebook), Barry Manilow (Twitter @chadhartman), Copay (Twitter @F3_Copay), Penny Pincher (803-727-8791), Bolt (Twitter @F3Bolt)

Event Parking: Please park at the Bethlehem Baptist Church at 601 Joe Louis Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715. Use the parking lot on the left side of the building (the parking lot that does not have a carport).

Spread the word!

If you have questions or would like to volunteer for this event, contact Deacon (Will Uter), will.uter@careervaluebook.com, 704-208-6935.

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19 High Impact Men posted for a moderate workout in the misty gloom today. Smuggler made a strong come back, kotter style. Stang lead the second stretch-o-rama which made the Pax grunt like they were in a birthing center. Asphalt came to  COT and blessed us with his powerful testimony.

The Thang:

Strech-o-rama for warm-up

COP: SSH (10x), IW (10x), HBW (20x), Sumo Squats (15x), MC (20x), Jumping Lunges (10x), Swimmers (10x) Freddie Mercuries (15x),

Toy Soldiers, Shuffle Left, Shuffle Right, Back Pedals, Karaoke Left, Karaoke Right, Power Skips

Dips (15x), Extreme CCDs (10x) and LBCs (20x)

Decline Merkins (15x), Extreme CCDs (10x), and Flutters(20x)

Incline Merkins (15x), Extreme CCDs (10x), Heels to Heaven (20x)

Wall Merkins, People’s Chair (3x)

Partner Drills: One partner runs to the light post and back while the other does the following until the team does a total of 100 Merkins, 200 Monkey Humpers, 300 Flutters.

Strech-o-rama for cool down


God is in control. Type A people, like myself, struggle to understand that reality. Reality became very clear when the Colombia Mission Team and I were stranded in Miami right before Irma hit.

I brainstormed solutions to “control” the situation like:

– Get another flight to escape the hurricane (reality check: the airport was closing).

– Take a train (reality check: the train station was closed).

– Find a hotel for shelter (reality check: all local hotels were closed).

We prayed and then escaped the storm by driving in what the media claimed would be 15 mile/hour traffic.

God was in control and His plan was far greater than ours. Instead of 12 men going to Colombia, he sent 17 of us to Florida to help hurricane survivors. Instead of serving 1 organization in Columbia, we served 5 organizations in Florida. Instead of engaging a few donors to raise money for the mission trip, He engaged over 1K people in our church/community to collect supplies for the hurricane survivors in Florida. Instead bringing a few supplies to Colombia (less than the 50 lbs limit), He had us bring over 10K lbs of supplies to  people who needed it in Florida.

I’m glad that God is in control. His plans are far greater than what we can imagine.



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Influencers Pre-Blast

At its core, the Influencers is a ministry which guides individuals into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is accomplished in a small-group setting called a Journey Group. Participants will initially meet for a 6 week period with a group of believers who share the same heart to go deeper in their relationship with Christ. The key Scripture passage for this ministry is John 15, where Jesus said, “If a man abides in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” As they begin to understand and participate in this process of abiding, true life transformation begins to take place. These individuals become Influencers to their world, which means marriages, children, businesses, and communities are impacted.

We will be launching an “intro” to the Journey on October 23rd. Come join us for a 6 week study to learn more about what it truly means to be a part of the vine. We will be launching the full 9 month discipleship program in January for those interested and it’s truly life changing!

Some noted F3 Journey Alum…..be sure and ask them about how it’s impacted their lives…..

  • Cake Boss
  • Cobra Kai
  • Bojangles
  • Crab Cakes
  • Terminator
  • Destiny

When: Monday mornings at 6:15am (will last 45 minutes or so).

Where: Paracle Realty on market street in Baxter

For more information contact Orange Crush @ glenngordon2@live.com

Glenn Gordon @InfluencersFM

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Preblast – S2S – Sharing to Sharpen (3rd F)

  • QIC: Chicken Hawk
  • When: 07/27/2017
  • Pax:
  • Posted In: 3rdF

Starting Thursday, 7/27 at 0620 until 0645 after your 1st F post (or in lieu of) join Pax for a new 2nd / 3rd F opportunity at Panera Bread @ Kingsly outside in the screen patio area.  This is not a bible study per se, this does not require any deep knowledge of the Word, this doesn’t even require that you know and follow God to participate.

The purpose of this AO is to give men an opportunity to roll up our sleeves and to share our burdens and struggles and to get support and encouragement from those that we sweat with every day.  The idea is that this time together will be part 2nd F and being in community with our brothers, it will have tentacles of Whetstone and the idea that we sharpen each other (Iron Sharpening Iron) and it will have flavors of 3rd F where we seek answers in God’s word.  In some ways, this will be an opportunity to test the “living word” for answers to every day struggles and for men to come alongside each other to encourage and strengthen each other.

The format of discussion will go something like this…

  • Q will bring the topic of a struggle they are wrestling with personally. This can be a very personal struggle or trial or it can be something of this world that is bothersome to them that they can’t come to grips with.
  • Pax will engage to give their perspective on their experiences/struggles with the topic
  • Q will take the opportunity to look into the Word to find scripture that supports, acknowledges, gives encouragement or guidance around the topic
  • Pax will give perspective on how they have handled, overcome, found hope around the topic.

Please join if you are available on 7/27 and any Thursday thereafter at 6:20 @ Panera Bread.


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