About the IAM Movement
IAM4 is a movement of God, centered around returning men to their proper purpose on the earth; something that is so needed in our culture today. You don’t have to look very far back into the annuals of American history to see that honorable men are disappearing before our very eyes. Honorable men who demonstrated true masculinity. Men who were a man’s man, a man who not only demonstrates the physical qualities of ruggedness but who also possess mental toughness and emotional strength. A man who says what he means and means what he says. A man who recognizes the importance of honesty. A man of noble principle. A man without covetousness. A man who cannot be bribed or bullied. A man committed to manly virtues. A man who is the head of his home and knows how to control and discipline his children. A man who loves justice but also knows tenderness and mercy. A man who fears God and shows reverence for that which is sacred. A man who knows the difference between the rule of law and the lust for power. On the whole, our society today has little tolerance for such men. Even in our churches, masculinity is dying. IAM4 seeks to reverse the current trend in our culture as we take men on a journey of self-discovery and self-mastery.
The Four Roles of Biblical Manhood
Every man is created in the image of God, and it is through the example of Christ, God in the flesh, that we understand the four roles that man was created to fill: Prophet, Priest, King, and Warrior (PPKW).
- Prophet - A Biblical Prophet spoke the Word of God to the people of God. Specifically, a husband has been called by God to wash his wife in the Word (Eph 5:26), to train his children in the way they should go, and repeat God's Word to his family all along the way.
- Priest - Priests served the people of God by praying for them and by offering sacrifices on their behalf in the Temple. Whenever men pray for their families and serve the people of God, they are fulfilling their creative purpose and walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
- King - A king leverages his power to advance his Kingdom. Just as God gave Adam dominion and authority over the Garden of Eden, he gives each man a garden to tend. As men, we operate as kings under the authority of the King of kings as we manage our households well and advance the Kingdom of God for his glory.
- Warrior - "The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is his name!" Exodus 15:3, NLT. When Jesus returns he will return as a warrior, with robes dipped in blood. As a warrior, all men must learn when to draw his sword and when to turn the other cheek. But the Kingdom we fight for is God's kingdom and begins in our homes.
How to Join IAM4
IAM4 is open to all males, middle school and older. To join, simply attend a sanctioned IAM4 event, like the monthly Warrior Breakfast held on the second Saturday of each month at 7:00 a.m. at The Church At Lake Forest. Check the calendar below for other IAM4 events happening through the year.
IAM4 Levels & Requirements
The IAM4 Level Requirements are designed to guide men along the path of transformation into a mature son of God. At each level, there are requirements intended to display the attributes of Christ: Prophet, Priest, King, and Warrior. While one could certainly progress mechanically through the levels with no heart change, this is not the intent. Our deepest desire is that we all be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. As you grow year by year, we pray that you will recognize a legitimate transformation in your life as you become like Christ as Prophet (teaching the word), Priest (serving those in your garden), King (managing kingdom resources well), and Warrior (protecting everything entrusted to your care).
THE IAM4 GLOBAL SUMMIT
The Summit is not just a bunch of guys hanging out. It's men from across the country, and the world, coming together to meet brothers who have the same passion to advance the Kingdom of God and live out biblical manhood by becoming Prophet, Priest, King, & Warrior.
This year's summit is March 5-6, 2021 at Epic Church in Decatur, AL.