Let’s Be REAL

God wants to use us as leaders to accomplish His purposes. From the beginning of our existence the enemy has attempted to thwart God’s plans for us by targeted our relationship with God. God understands the challenges we face as men and he has given us tools to combat the enemy. It is imperative that we as REAL Christian men disciple, walk, and pray with each other to ensure that we live and exemplify the men God has called us to be. It’s time to be REAL.


Get Involved

If you’re NEW to real or want to get involved with this ministry the best way to start is by coming to a REAL big group gathering, especially the Kick Off Dinner. This will give you a first hand look at REAL and allow you to connect with other men. It’s also a great way to get plugged into a crew.

Being a part of a crew is how the discipleship process works. Crews are small groups of men that meet on a regular basis. There are crew leaders that facilitate and administrate the groups, and within the crew you’ll have a chance to connect with a discipleship partner. All of this helps us grow and mature in Christ, which is the entire goal of REAL. In doing this we can strengthen and develop healthy relationships with our family, friends, and most importantly God.

Big Group Gatherings 2019

(All Gatherings start at 5:30 pm in Ellis Hall)


End of Semester MEAL: April 23

REAL does have some fees involved but there is flexibility in pricing. Meals are $5 each and you can pay for each one individually. Our other payment options are for full and half semesters and cover all meals within the given semester as well as the book/study guide.

Full Semester – $50, Half Semester – $25, Dinner Only – $5

A Season of Discipleship

Making disciples of Jesus Christ is at the core of what we’re about at REAL. That might look like helping a man get connected to Jesus Christ for the first time, or helping men go deeper in their relationship with Christ. For men wanting to take next steps, we currently offer a discipleship format called CREWs, which emphasize one-on-one, group, and individual components.

The Mission

The passion of our heart is to help men to begin a dynamic relationship with Christ, grow in Christ, and be vitally connected to First Baptist Church Columbia or a healthy local church so that they may serve Him. It is also our deep desire to help men develop ministries of outreach in their own marketplace as well as develop or repair relationships men have within their family and beyond.

Your Crew

Our CREWs meet generally every two weeks and consist of men of all ages and backgrounds. The only agenda is to encourage each other to meet the pressing demands of personal, family and business lives using God’s principles of maximum manhood from the bible. Our time together is focused, fun, practical and informative, designed to help you connect with God and each other.

REAL – Kick Off Dinner January 2017

REAL started off the semester with a bold and powerful message from W. Keller Kissam, Senior Vice President of SCANA.  Apart from his solid teachings from scripture Kissam shared some powerful examples of the importance of holding firm to faith in the workplace.

REAL – Mid Semester Meeting October 2016

We were blessed to hear a wonderful testimony from Byron Hinson at our Real Men’s ministry gathering on October 4th. Byron has recovered from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma through the grace and power of God. He shared his journey of faith with praise to the Lord and the support of his church family.