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Building men who reflect Christ-like love and service in all their many roles. We are men for others.

Our goal is to encourage and equip men to lead, love, and serve like Jesus in all of their many roles – whether it’s modeling Christ at work or school, growing as a loving husband, or developing character as a father. Below are a few opportunities for men to connect.

Weekly Sharpening with Pastor Mike

Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Men, we all need to be sharpened in one way or another! Pastor Mike’s weekly posts are designed to encourage, equip and challenge men to lead, love and serve like Jesus. You’ll also learn about upcoming opportunities for men and dads.

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Thursday Morning Men

Life Lessons from the Warrior Poet

We’re currently studying the life of David. The man after God’s own heart, but far from perfect, David lived a fascinating life. It’s a life of incredible victories and soul-crushing decisions and defeats that all men should learn from. The morning includes large group worship and teaching, followed by small group discussion.

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For more information, contact Pastor Mike Self at mike@riverwest.org.

Forged: Shaping Men for Life

Forged is designed for teen boys and dads to learn valuable life skills together. Teens are welcome to attend even if their dads can’t.

Next Forged Event
Saturday, May 7

Details + RSVP

Latest Updates

To stay up to date on all the opportunities for men and dads, join the “Weekly Sharpening with Pastor Mike” group HERE.

River West Dads

Raising kids is a blessing and a challenge! At River West Dads, our goal is to inspire and motivate dads to be intentional in the way we raise our children. We host special events throughout the year designed for dads to spend meaningful time with their kids, as well as dad-only events to help sharpen ourselves as fathers.

Annual Events:

  • Father + Daughter Camp
    April 29 – May 1, 2022
    Register Here
  • Father + Son Camp | October 14-16, 2022


Mentoring is an intentional relationship with the goal of developing Biblically mature followers of Jesus.

If you have questions about mentoring or are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Don Lewis at lewisdkl@comcast.net.

Men’s Breakfast

Scheduled throughout the year, these are opportunities for men to gather in large group settings to be inspired by River West pastors and guest speakers who have a special word for men.

Next Men’s Breakfast | Saturday, April 23

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4th Quarter Men’s Ministry

Bible studies, book studies, service projects, and fellowship events for our senior saints. Email 4qforce@gmail.com for more information on current opportunities.

Areas of Service


Catalyst NW inspires people, builds hope, and nurtures community by bringing together useful resources and caring men to meet critical repair needs of under-resourced people in our communities. For more information please contact Jess Gilchrist at giljess@hotmail.com

Evans Creek Retreat

Evans Creek Retreat is a camp for adults with special needs located about 45 minutes east of Salem. The camp was burned to the ground during the Beach Creek fire in 2020. We partner with other churches to clear debris, cut wood, and build fencing, dining tables and creekside resting benches.

Contact Jim Harvey if you are interested in serving on Saturdays: jimharve@outlook.com.

Contact Geoff Brown if you are interested in serving midweek: geoff.brown@comcast.net.

Transitional Youth

Transitional Youth provides housing and skill development to young men and women formerly living on the street. We have adopted the TY boarding home in Wilsonville and provide skilled and non-skilled labor to keep the home in ideal shape for its residents. For more information contact Kris Dunning: 56skier@gmail.com.

Pure Life Alliance

Pure Life Alliance is a ministry that provides groups and resources for men dealing with sexual addiction and pornography. They offer safe, confidential groups where men can find accountability and healing support.

For more information visit, www.purelifealliance.org or email  info@purelifealliance.org.


ManKind is a faith-based program for men who struggle with anger and abusive, controlling behaviors in relationships. The program challenges a man’s underlying beliefs behind the behaviors and offers safety, accountability, and support to participants.

For more information visit, www.armsonline.org or email  info@armsonline.org.

For More Information

Contact Men + Family Life Pastor, Mike Self, at 503.699.2226 or  mike@riverwest.org.

Current E-Newsletter

Sign up for “Current,” our monthly email newsletter about what’s going on at River West Church and beyond. From time to time we’ll also send you special announcements and words of encouragement from our pastors.

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