The family of the late Dr. Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002), a men’s ministry pioneer and former Assemblies of God minister, has established The Ed Cole Library in order to make materials from his life and ministry more accessible to a global audience. The website, http://www.EdColeLibrary.org, includes scanned images of Dr. Cole’s personal sermon outlines and notes, his ministry itinerary, and additional resources for pastors and men. In June 2006, The Ed Cole Library deposited Dr. Cole’s original sermon outlines and notes at the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center for preservation and research purposes.
Dr. Cole founded his ministry to men, Christian Men’s Network (CMN), 30 years ago in 1977. This year the LIONS ROAR ‘07 conference will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this powerful ministry to men. The conference starts on Monday, October 1, 2007. Darrin Rodgers, Director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, wrote the following letter to those in attendance.
September 27, 2007
The Ed Cole Library
Mr. Paul Cole, President
P.O. Box 92921
Southlake, TX 76092
Dear Brothers in Christ:
I regret that I am unable to attend the LIONS ROAR ’07 conference — celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Christian Men’s Network.
At a time when Biblical ideals of manhood and masculinity were being undermined in American popular culture — God raised up a movement to show men why and how they should be wise, responsible, and godly. At the forefront of this movement was Edwin Louis Cole.
Ed Cole began his life and ministry in southern California and in the historic Pentecostal churches, but God’s calling on his life to spearhead the emerging men’s movement led him far beyond these starting points.
When Cole died in 2002, he was widely recognized — not only in evangelical churches in America, but in the broader emerging Christian Church worldwide — as a catalyst who helped to shape the contours of ministry to men. Men’s organizations to be formed later, such as Promise Keepers, owe much to Ed Cole.
Ed Cole left behind a legacy that lives on in untold thousands of changed lives and revitalized families. Though he is no longer with us, his prolific pen continues to make an impact today. His family, through the Ed Cole Library, aims to make his life-changing writings accessible to new generations and to a global audience.
Pentecostal historian Grant Wacker says that the goal of the historian is to “resurrect the dead and let them speak.” I believe there is wisdom to be gained from learning from those who came before. There is wisdom to be gained from Ed Cole. This noble vision — to continue to make Ed Cole’s writings accessible — is one that we at the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center fully support.
That is why we jumped at the chance to assist the Ed Cole Library by preserving and making accessible Ed Cole’s original sermon notes in our state-of-the-art archives and museum. The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, sponsored by the Assemblies of God, is a premier archives serving the broader Pentecostal and evangelical movements. Ed Cole’s sermon outlines and notes, which have been digitized and are available on http://www.EdColeLibrary.org, are safely preserved in our vault in Springfield, Missouri. My staff of professional archivists and I would be delighted to show these and other historical treasures to visiting researchers.
Ed Cole, by following God’s call to minister to men, made history. This conference is a significant milestone, recognizing not just the life and ministry of one man, but promoting to all men the Biblical message that, as Ed put it, “Manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous.”
With love and esteem,
Darrin J. Rodgers, Director
Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center
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