Storyteller and creator of the movie, The Father Effect, John Finch saw a need for Christian community, belonging and support for men with various struggles.
Encouraging Dads, an outreach ministry created in May 2017, was formed by Finch to counsel and encourage men on how to become Godly dads as they seek to glorify God together in their calling as dads.
The inspiration of the formation of Encouraging Dads was due to the making of, The Father Effect, and the impact that it had on Finch.
“When I was making The Father Effect movie, so many of the dads seemed beat down,” Finch tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “That’s really what prompted me to launch Encouraging Dads. I saw so many dads want to be encouraging dads and so many dads want to be good dads. I felt called to start some kind of group to get dads to be where they want to be.”
The purpose of Encouraging Dads is simple: to build a community of real and authentic men to be encouraging and Godly men in and outside of their communities and families.
Encouraging Dads consists of a group of Christian counselors and Fatherhood experts and dads, who are very well-rounded and educated on the subject matter of fathering. They incorporate teachings from the Word of God, the Bible, so that they can role model to men how to become better dads.
“We get insights from the Christian counselors, fatherhood experts and dads to encourage dads to be better dads,” Finch tells Atlanta Christian Voice.
Some of the advice given from these Christian counselors and fatherhood experts is how fathers can heal from their past father wounds.
According to The Father Effect, a father wound carries into adulthood from childhood from previously inflicted wounds from a child’s father. Some of these father wounds include when a child is abandoned by his or her father, when his or her parents