Bishop Brian Tamaki, is the founder of Destiny Church. He has a vision, where men can save their families from their own dysfunctions. He has taken basic principles from the Bible and compiled a 15 week course designed to turn dysfunctional men into pillars of the community. His action is saving young men and their families, young men like myself. This course is alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, anger management, depression and anxiety support and a brotherhood all rolled into one. Each week is focused on one of the 15 topics ranging from Commitment, Identity and Unforgiveness, to Demons in the House (addictions) and You are a Son of God. Many of us members have tried the Government equivalents but with no result. (Myself I have done anger management and relationship building but didn’t benefit)
The coarse material is designed to take broken/ dysfunctional men, and turn them into the best Fathers and Husbands that they can be. It’s a movement that is blowing up world wide, started in New Zealand, now Australia and in the Islands. I’m glad to be a part of it.
I asked my priest if it was Ok to attend and he gave me the a thumbs up as long as I am an instrument of Christ and also inject a little of the Catholic faith. At opening and closing prayer I am the only my one to do the sign of the cross. I also talk about the Rosary and other aspects of Catholic life, but I don’t want to be pushy and get in the way of the healing and mending families direction that this program is built on. I keep the heavy Catholic stuff to myself. (For now)
I helped them run an event on Saturday. I helped set up the traffic management then ran the BBQ for the remainder of the event. But when Brian Tamaki arrived, they kept saying “Brian Tamaki our Bishop and apostle”. I felt a little cringe every time they said it, but I felt like I was doing the Lord’s work so just ignored it.
The following Monday, fellow men talked about their Bishop. I’ve accepted a facilitator role in the Mens group and am looking at setting up my own class in town. But I need to attend their teaching on Sundays so I’m on the same wavelength as all the other facilitators. This means attending their service after Church on Sundays of which I have no problem.
My dilemma is cringing when hearing this man being called a Bishop and apostle. While I firmly believe he is doing our Lord’s work, I’m not so sure I can come to grips with his title. I know it will annoy me enough that I’m going to say something about it soon so I want to know how the Catholic community would handle this situation. Thanks in advance
I like to think i can help this movement accomplish its goal. Do I just accept his title, or do I challenge it.