"True strength is found at the foot of the cross." (-David Ashley)
In addition to our Batterer Intervention Program and our Victim services programs, Cross Strength Ministries provides menand women of all ages discipleship training, counseling, and for those over the age of 16, we combine discipleship with the element of fitness: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength."
Additionally, we offer various workshops and support groups.
Cross Strength Ministries also offers consulting services to churches and ministries who desire to start their own faith an d fitness discipleship program. David Ashley, MAA; MDiv is the author of the Ten Repetitions of Cross Strength: How to be a Body-Builder like Jesus. For more information, please contact us at 615-553-4583
If you would like to become certified to use the Fit to Lead: Batterer Intervention Program, please contact Holly to schedule a training.
To be committed to the protection and safety of victims of domestic violence by holding the offender accountable as well as completely and solely responsible for their actions.
Fit to Lead fulfills its mission by introducing male offenders to the basic principles of integrity through a knowledge and understanding of Biblical Manhood as defined in Scripture by God’s command and ultimate authority through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and atonement on the Cross, as the propitiation of sin for those who repent and believe through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The purpose of the Fit to Lead BIP is to identify and replace distorted thoughts and beliefs, such as self-aggrandizing authoritarianism (Luke 22:26), that lead to controlling attitudes that drive behaviors that demean, demoralize, condescend, patronize, dishonor, disrespect, defile, and cause Spiritual, physical, psychological, emotional, financial, and sexual harm to victims of domestic violence.
Utilizing the most effective psychological theories, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the sufficiency of Scripture; These distortions are exposed, rebuked, and replaced through the truth of biblical masculinity which is an attitude of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for, and protect women through Jesus’ example of servanthood. Research has consistently shown that increased religiosity promotes marital satisfaction and commitment. Studies have also clearly shown that religious programming is more effective in program completion and reducing recidivism.
Since there is no person, programming, or psychological theory that has been developed or is capable of changing a person’s heart – and the empirical data clearly demonstrates the greater level of success in Christian offender programming – Therefore, we believe that offenders do not need more “education,” they need transformation. Because “the gospel is the power unto salvation,” which causes the transformation, and the Holy Spirit is the only power capable of changing a heart, we declare God’s Word, in that it is only through the blood of Jesus Christ that a person can become “a new creation.”
Biblical men are called to be leaders. However, the misconception via misinterpretation of twisting Scripture – God’s leadership role for men is often distorted and misunderstood to mean that men have some sort of “Male privilege” – But the Bible is clear: There is no such thing. Quite the contrary, Biblical Men are called to serve, not be served.
· Biblical masculinity expresses itself not in the demand to be served, but in the strength to serve and to sacrifice for the good of woman...
· Biblical masculinity does not assume the authority of Christ over a woman but advocates for it...
· Biblical masculinity does not presume superiority but mobilizes the strength of others.
Biblical men – Real men do not abuse (terrorize) the ones they love. They lead in the same manner as Christ leads the church: “... and “gave Himself up for her.” Biblical men – Real men can find their only“privilege” in that they alone must demonstrate sacrificial love by being first to the cross.
 Piper, J. & Grudem, W. (1991). Recovering Biblical manhood and womanhood. Wheaton, ILL: Crossway Books.
"For wicked men are found among my people, They lurk like fowlers lying in wait." -Jer. 5:26
Living life in this world as the man God has called you to be takes the same amount of discipline as getting your body healthy. Once one becomes tolerant of his (sinful) condition, the “fat” increases, complacency sets in, and muscles that once kept you strong begin to decrease. Suddenly, atrophy sets in – challenging your stamina for Kingdom work. David knows the hard work and discipline that putting faith into action and his 21” biceps require: commitment, determination, hard work, pain, recovery, and perseverance. But it takes more than a mere gym (church) membership and the "appearance" of health (or godliness)… You must be ALL IN.
As a former football player and 30-year personal trainer, he understands the identity crisis of one who gets caught up in the pride of life. David is dedicated to resolving the identity crisis of men of all ages.
David Ashley holds a Masters Degree in Apologetics as well as a Masters of Divinity. He is the author of "The Ten Repetitions of Cross Strength: How to Be a Body-Builder Like Jesus" and is available to speak at your church, ministry, or Christian/civic event on the importance of finding "True strength at the foot of the cross."