The Star Telegram reports that the 10,000 men expected to attend Bishop T.D. Jakes’ annual Manpower Conference next week will hear how they can rebuild their lives in a time of social and economic upheaval.

“Many men today are confused and struggling because their role in the family has changed drastically,” said Jakes, father of five and pastor of the 30,000-member Potter’s House nondenominational megachurch in Dallas, which also has a Fort Worth campus.

“It used to be clear-cut what a man was to do,” Jakes said in a recent interview.

“He was needed to provide for his wife and for his children. Now women have gone to work.

“Women no longer are marrying men just because they need a provider. It’s left many men wondering what significance they have.”

In the face of such pressures, Jakes said, many men are making moral and marital mistakes.

“It’s a wake-up call to men everywhere to learn that while we pursue our careers, we also have to fortify ourselves spiritually lest we succumb to the vicissitudes of life,” he said. “We need to pray for each other and strengthen one another.”

The economic crisis has left men with new stresses, he said.

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