Minutemen

Minutemen Men's Challenge

The term MINUTEMEN came into use in colonial America about 1645 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but came to the forefront of American History in 1774 Just prior to the American Revolution.  (Read a short history below).  The Minutemen were select men out of the militias who were dedicated to extra training and quick response.  In effect they were the forerunners of today's special forces.  The famous Concord Minutman Statue (left) diplicts a Minuteman with both plow and rifle. They stood ready to be summoned at a minute's notice while they attended to their daily work and family responsibilities.
 
The Minutemen of CCON
CCON has formed a group of volunteers that want to serve as spiritual "Minutemen," the spiritual "special forces" of the church. Ready to stand with others in the spiritual battles that rage around us.
 
Playing off the Minuteman name, our Minutemen have also accepted the challenge to build new spiritual habits by doing one-minute spiritual exercises everyday:
  • Praying 1 minute each day for each brother in their Band of Brothers group
  • Spending at least 1 minute each day reading or listening to a spiritual devotion
  • Spending at least 1 minute each day praying for their wives and each of their children. 
A short History of the Minutemen
Minutemen were members of teams of select men from the American colonial partisan militia during the American Revolutionary War. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats, hence the name.
 
The minutemen were among the first people to fight in the American Revolution. Their teams constituted about a quarter of the entire militia. Generally younger and more mobile, they served as part of a network for early response. Minuteman and Sons of Liberty member Paul Revere was among those who spread the news that the British Regulars (soldiers) were coming out from Boston. Revere was captured before completing his mission when the British marched toward the arsenal in Lexington and Concord to confiscate the weapons that were stored there.
 
After observing the British military buildup, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress....recommended to the militia to form themselves into companies of minute-men, who should be equipped and prepared to march at the shortest notice. These minute-men were to comprise one-quarter of the whole militia, to be enlisted under the direction of the field-officers, and divide into companies, consisting of at least 50 men each. The privates were to choose their captains and subalterns, and these officers were to form the companies into battalions, and chose the field-officers to command the same. Hence the minute-men became a body distinct from the rest of the militia, and, by being more devoted to military exercises, they acquired skill in the use of arms. More attention than formerly was likewise bestowed on the training and drilling of militia.
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