Fortify event for teen guys set for Aug. 29

By Grace Thornton
The Alabama Baptist

The world can be tough on teen guys, and Larry Hyche said that’s exactly why there’s a need for Fortify, a one-day event to help teens shore up their faith.

The event, which will be held Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (doors open at 9:30) at Journey Church, Prattville, will “hit a hot topic that no one else seems to be addressing (for teens),” said Hyche, who leads men’s spiritual development for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.

That topic is porn — ways to guard yourself against it and, most importantly, cultivate a strong faith that leads you to pursue a life as a godly man, he said.

“In a godless culture, we need to meet some critical needs for our young men,” he said.

Through Fortify, Hyche hopes to build up guys from 7th to 12th grade and show them how to have Christ-centered character.

“Our goal is to rise above society’s confusing messages about ‘masculinity’ and equip young men with a biblical approach to their identity,” he said.

The topics and speakers for the conference are:

  • Biblical Manhood — Cody Hensley, student/family pastor of Glynwood Baptist, Prattville
  • Authentic Christianity — Terrance Andrews, student pastor of Westmeade Baptist Church.

Breakouts are:

  • Boundaries in Technology — Clint Bryant, student/tech pastor at Taylor Road Baptist Church, Montgomery
  • Helping Those Addicted to Pornography — Chris Langley, business owner and lay leader at Taylor Road Baptist.

Fortify was originally set for April but rescheduled for August because of COVID-19 gathering restrictions. For more information or to register, visit alabamamen.org/events/fortify.