Hi there! My name is Andrew Locke and the picture above is of my lovely family: my beautiful wife Jessica, our five children, Eden, Acacia, Levi, Canaan, and Eleora, and our two mongrels (golden doodles) Merida and Toby.
We live in a small town (population less than 18,000) in New Hampshire just outside our states largest city (population 118,000). I am the Associate Pastor at Manchester Vineyard Community Church and have been a worship leader for over 20 years. I have been in leadership as a board member and elder since our church’s inception in 2001, and since then, my wife and I have been laboring to see the people in our church flourish and grow into all that God desires for them to become. I direct a ministry training program called MISL (Manchester Institute for Spiritual Leadership) and serve the church in preaching and teaching as well as counseling and discipleship.
…if God’s people can honestly confront and overcome the limiting ideas and defeatist mentalities that can so often overwhelm and stop them from courageously embracing God’s plans for their future, the Church and her people can experience unprecedented victory and can grow faithfully into the expression of God’s love, grace, and power that has always been the hallmark and calling of the Church.
I believe that if God’s people can honestly confront and overcome the limiting ideas and defeatist mentalities that can so often overwhelm and stop them from courageously embracing God’s plans for their future, the Church and her people can experience unprecedented victory and can grow faithfully into the expression of God’s love, grace, and power that has always been the hallmark and calling of the Church. “…practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head.” (Ephesians 4:15, Phillips)
I desire to see the Church, that is, the people that actually make up the Church, INFORMED, REFORMED, and TRANSFORMED into “…real maturity—that measure of development which is meant by the ‘fullness of Christ’.” (Ephesians 4:13, Phillips)
I started formulating the vision of Formed Ministries in the summer of 2016. During that summer I began to develop a sense of burden from the Lord, particularly for men of my generation and younger, who had experienced similar difficulties as I had in their lives, and who desired to move on in God, but who were having trouble doing so. Hang-ups, baggage, unaddressed struggles, secret and not-so-secret sins, emotional pain, emotional and spiritual immaturity, fear, and self-esteem issues are common pitfalls for men from my generation. These men have often experienced a lack of real love as a result of rampant divorce, parents who were either physically and/or emotionally unavailable and/or abusive, and a cultural expectation that twists emotional and physical intimacy. This combination produces men who are moody, unbalanced, prone to addiction, have difficulty building true intimacy, have a habit of hiding, resist accountable relationships, and avoid vulnerability. These behaviors and mindsets result in perpetuating the pain, dysfunction, and frustration into the next generation of men.
In determining to pursue the vision of Formed Ministries, I realized that many if not most of these men simply needed coaching. Coaching that can:
- assist them through the transitions of life,
- help them to develop healthy and productive pressure release rhythms and behaviors,
- provide support as they confront issues from their past or family of origin,
- and point them to a hope-filled future with healthy boundaries, healthy relationships, spiritual growth, and emotional maturity.
Formed Ministries’ Life Formation Coaching programs help men to:
- Take control and responsibility for themselves, their thoughts, their feelings, their actions, and their results.
- Stop the dysfunctional cycles of lie-based and fear-based thinking that keep them stuck.
- Move on with courage and boldness into the unique destiny God has called them to.
I believe that God wants all people to live lives of holy courage in a culture that is doing its level best to hold them back with hindrances and sin that are so easy to be ensnared by. My mission is to help men whom Christ has purchased at the cost of his own blood to put anything and everything aside that would keep them from running their race with patient endurance, growing into the full stature of Christ, fixing their eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith.
Thank you for your interest in this ministry. For more information, please fill out the contact form below.
God bless you.
~Andrew Locke, Formed Ministries