Queens – on Sat. morning Jan. 12 at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel over 400 men met, fellowshipped, worshipped, heard, were inspired and ate at the International Christian Brotherhood’s Annual Kickoff Breakfast. Established in 1997 by Christian Cultural Center’s Dr. A. R. Bernard, the ICB fraternity is xxx strong and growing. This men’s ministry is designed in the realization of a statement once said by Dr. Bernard’s former mentor the late Dr. Edwin Louis Cole “Manhood and CHRIST-likeness are synonymous.” The motto is We Train Men.
The resurgent organization, headed by Director Minister Onorio Chaparro, equipped with a three year training course, small group studies, and manhood studies, yearly health fair, dojo, honor guard, step team, fantasy football and several other internal and external activities is shoring up its foundations for a strong 2013 and beyond. The breakfast event is designed so that the direction and cadence of the brotherhood is made evident and clear. The breakfast event was also an opportunity for the talent-rich brotherhood to showcase the GOD-given gifts resident in the organization.
The emcee was advanced leader Patrick Meyers. He introduced actor/comedians Terrence Thomas and Alvin McLaughlin, rappers Baron Mak and Sparkplug , poet Jesus Ferrer, jazz saxophonist Michael Smith, The Furthering Fathering Corporation and the ICB Choir, all of which honored GOD and manhood in their presentations. Brother Keith Banks received the Pillar of the Year Award for his outstanding work in the fraternity, at home and in the marketplace.
The key note speaker was Rodney Patterson, who unpacked the mindset behind the theme – built to last. He pointed out that there something innately short term in design, care and purpose. He demonstrated this using the analogy and life experience of purchasing a $3.00 umbrella which does not last long at all as opposed to purchasing a $175 golf umbrella. Ultimately, “only the things that are built for CHRIST will last”.
In recently speaking with Mr. Patterson he said, “We are excited about the success of our recent Kick-off Breakfast. Our pastor, Dr. A. R. Bernard has passed the vision to us and we are committed to advancing our message of CHRIST-likeness and manhood being synonymous across the territory we are reclaiming.”
As the pattern of longevity is woven into the intentional fabric of the International Christian Brotherhood expect to see great things from them in 2013…and so on