First Defenders

First Defenders is a prayer initiative to help a man begin or renew his God-given task of protecting his family.
It encourages a husband and father to quietly begin or faithfully continue leading his family spiritually.
Men in this association are encouraged to follow Saint Joseph's example of humility--speak little, love much.

What are some benefits?

1. Develop the habit praying a hedge of protection around your family.
2. Explore your calling as spiritual head of the family and avoid common pitfalls.
3. You do not pray alone. Other men in this association will be praying for you and your family, too.

How do I begin?

Subscribe below and be counted with other men around the US. Commit to three minutes to offer three prayers a day for the next thirty days at a time and location of your choosing. That’s it.

No meetings. No conferences. No time away from family. 

It's Just:

  • Three Minutes

  • Three prayers

  • Thirty Days.


You’ve got this. Do this for thirty days. Each of the four weeks we send an email with the three prayers, intentions for the week, and short testimonies, encouragments, and suggestions for how a man can lead his family. Pray the prayers that work for you and toss the rest. At some point decide if you can commit to another 30 days.

Lastly, do you know another man you can invite to join our effort? DO NOT make an announcment from any pulpit. Do NOT print anything in a bulletin or ona flier. The growth of this effort is fueled by God's grace moving man to invite another man - nothing more.

First Defenders Map

Will You Help Us Reach More Men?

While this outreach is free, we ask you to consider helping us invite more husbands and fathers to lead the family in faith.

Set up a $3 (or more) monthly gift here.

Want encouragement along the way? Subscribe (below) to receive encouragement and testimonies from other men like you who are committed to fulfilling their role as First Defenders of their families.


Easy way to invite other men

I've used this PDF to print business card invitations. When I give them to other men I say, This is to remain under the radar. If his wife sees and asks what I'm doing, I say, "I'm sorry, this is just for your husband, but I promise you will appreciate it later."