Thinking of Bruce ...
On Saturday, November 21, 2020, Lutheran Hour Ministries' former Executive Director Bruce Wurdeman passed to glory. He served as executive director from 2009 until his retirement in 2013. For a descriptive bio of his career at LHM, please refer to LHM's news story: "Bruce Wurdeman Passes to Glory." You can find it by clicking here.
Those fortunate to know (and work with) Bruce found a man who lived out his faith and was always eager to find new and effective ways to serve Jesus by serving others.
As a leader Bruce took to the trenches to tackle problems and come up with solutions to promote the health of LHM and, more importantly, the spread of the Gospel.
As colleague and friend, he was empathic, celebratory, insightful, reflective, and full of good humor. And he was full of ideas.
One of the ideas he held dear was a project called the Men's NetWork. It "officially" launched in January 2009, but actually got off the ground on December 30, 2008: Bruce's 60th birthday.
Here at LHM we spent weeks brainstorming names for this men's ministry program. Finally, the light went on, and we decided to just "call it what it is" ... a network of resources for men: the Men's NetWork (Bruce was adamant that the "W" be capitalized.)
The initial goal was to get 1,000 churches signed up by May 31, 2009. We hit that milestone on February 15 of that year.
Along the way, the Men's NetWork has become a Christ-centered, go-to website featuring all kinds of resources. These range from original, video-based Bible studies to a place of connection where guys can link up with churches in their area and promote the events they're holding. One such event, the Men's NetWork's annual spring WORK DAY, has seen thousands of men working hard in their neighborhoods and communities to serve others while sharing their faith in Jesus. Another crowd-pleaser was our annual online fishing tournament, which lasted for seven years.
One of Bruce's direct contributions to the Men's NetWork was his "Stuff They Didn't Teach Me in Sunday School" -- 184 episodes of Bruce explaining things from a layman's viewpoint. Hugely popular and full of spiritual insight, these short videos show Bruce in his comfort zone, sharing the timeless truths of God's Word with a passion that marks a man of deep and abiding faith.
During his service with LHM, Bruce traveled far and wide presenting at conferences, visiting with donors, attending workshops, and sharing the Good News of Jesus and the work of LHM. He also, as many may remember from first-hand experience, loved to golf and fish. In all these things, he touched people's lives and left a lasting impression of the supreme value in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Though we'll miss Bruce and his quick smile, he's now obtained the prize he's long been waiting for (see 2 Timothy 4:8). He often mentioned his great interest in talking to Jesus and other biblical leaders like Moses and David about the many questions he had. Now he has that opportunity!
Thanks for your support and participation in the Men's NetWork.
The Men's NetWork team
Newest Men's NetWork Groups:
Online Adult Bible Study
Wednesday Men's Group