Paul can help you get better results with your Men’s Group or Men’s Ministry. Contact him to talk over your ideas and challenges. There is always a way forward. Consulting Paul is free, as part of Promise Keepers’ investment into building stronger Men’s Ministries.
A foundational Promise Keeper, Paul Monahan was amongst those at the inaugural camp at Willow Park in 1994. He has since been involved in bringing Groups to Events as well as a variety of other men’s ministries, including being involved in a 4x4 for 11 years. He has been involved in redeveloping his church’s Men’s Ministry using Promise Keepers concepts and resources. As part of that process he has introduced Valiant Man to the church’s Men’s Ministry.
Paul is an experienced church leader, having had a number of different roles in church leadership over the past 20 years. He has studied at Lifeway Bible College and been a Christian School principal for 14 years. The majority of Paul’s professional life has been in the education sector, including 25 years in senior management. He holds a Masters in Education Leadership and a number of other qualifications.
Paul has a keen interest in community building and social justice. He has spent a number of years working on boards of community-based Christian organisations at both a national and regional level. These groups work in the areas of those “at risk” including people with addictions, dysfunctional families and those outside the conventional education system. This has given Paul a very good understanding of the role of the father and how important that role is to the development of well-balanced and successful young people.
I love working from a place of conviction – where I get to exercise my beliefs and help others on their journey.
I have been involved in facilitating and promoting big events for most of my life. This includes YFC camps called “Summer Harvest” on the farm we owned. I know what it takes to make something happen - from any perspective. I have worked at Board level through to sanitation! I have been on the platform, dealt with speakers, done advertising and social media, liaised with supporters, handled logistics, overseen youth camp facility development, parked the cars and even cleaned out the sewerage pump. The only thing that matters is that we are changing the world, one person at a time!
Personally, I have enjoyed having a family with Kerrie and all the experiences that raising five children entails. We love getting out around the back roads of NZ, camping and being involved with a military vehicles club. We have an ex-army 1940 Dodge pickup truck to take our mind off the Auckland routine.
Since 1994 my primary focus has been with Promise Keepers. It started with a visit to PK USA and a conference with 50,000 men in Colorado. We came home and initiated powerful Men’s Events here, which continue to impact men.
The vision of Promise Keepers has always been a combination of large Events and Men’s Small Groups which help men to process life. It is also a challenging task to promote Men’s Ministry and see it grow in churches but now there is a lot more activity in denominations.
PK has led me to being involved in several Men’s Groups over the years and through this experience has come the total conviction that most men are far more isolated than they realise, and the only way to really break through that is by regularly spending time together, gaining more understanding and empathy about each other so that genuine, deep friendships can grow. God can speak to me through my friends in that situation.
These groups are the way forward for men and Men’s Ministry in churches. That is the realisation that fuels my work at Promise Keepers.