Christian Vision for Men

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CVM (Christian Vision for Men)
Christian Vision for Men (logo).png
Founded 1989[citation needed]
Founder Max Sinclair
Type Evangelical Christian Movement
Focus Evangelical Christianity
Location
Origins United Kingdom London, UK
Area served
United Kingdom
Members
2000+ churches
Key people
Rev Carl Beech
Employees
8
Volunteers
100s
Slogan "connecting men to Jesus and the church to men"
Website http://www.cvm.org.uk/
Registered Charity number: 1071663

Christian Vision for Men (CVM) is a registered charity[1] operating all over the United Kingdom based in Chesterfield. Its mission statement is to "connect men to Jesus and the church to men". It works with over 2,000 churches, mainly by having its materials used by the churches men's groups to achieve its aims.

History[edit]

CVM was founded in 1989 by Max Sinclair. Until August 2006 it was known as Christian Viewpoint for Men,[2] working alongside Christian Viewpoint for Women which is now known as Activate Your Life.[3]

In 2006, Carl Beech took over the reins from Richard Meryon[4] who went to work at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem.

In recent years CVM has launched a series of initiatives and activities to further its aims. In 2009it launched talkinghead,[5] a website to capture video testimonies. In 2010 it started codelife,[6] a simple list of twelve guidelines to help men to live by Christian teachings.

CVM gained mainstream press coverage in 2010 when it recommended churches to invite men to showings of World Cup football matches.[7][8]

CVM held a conference on a ferry crossing the Irish Sea[when?] followed in June 2011 by "The Gathering", a weekend camp with 500 attendees near Highworth,[citation needed] and "Kingdom Warriors", a conference at Southport.[9]

About[edit]

Under Carl Beech's leadership CVM has aimed at a more lower middle and working class constituency. Unlike many Christian events in the UK, there is a beer tent at their camp. The Codelife system is also aimed at giving a simpler message than the intellectual sermons of most evangelical churches.

CVM is a member of the UK Evangelical Alliance.[10]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "English Charity Commission page on CVmen". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  2. ^ "CDRex companies information - CVMen". Retrieved 2001-11-15. 
  3. ^ "About Activate". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  4. ^ "BBC interview with Richard Meryon". 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  5. ^ The talkinghead website
  6. ^ The codelife website
  7. ^ "Churches to lure men back into pews by showing World Cup matches". Daily Telegraph. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Gledhill, Ruth (27 January 2010). "Real men find church too girly". The Times. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Southport conference examines role of men in church". BBC News. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Evangelical Alliance membership page - CVmen". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 

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