Welcome to Character That Counts

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About Us

The purpose of CTC is to equip men, women, students and athletes by communicating the unique and critical message of character (doing right), integrity (being whole through Christ) and accountability (honestly reporting to one another) into our daily lives.

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Ministry Resources

Ministry resources are available here on the site to help equip you to stand firm (Eph. 6:13). You'll find accountability questions, 100+ character qualities, information to help overcome pornography, links to other resources as well as what others are saying about CTC.

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Thinking about having one of Character That Count's staff speak at your next event? Check out our schedule here to see schedules for Rod Handley, Greg Griffin and others. You can also see where we've been by accessing our schedule archive files.

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Dedicated Life Coaching

Sometimes it helps to have a coach to help you reach goals or overcome struggles. The mission of our Dedicated Life Coaching is to coach healthy Christian men on their journey to an effective and purposeful life. See if Bill Stutz may be the perfect coach to help you live a more purposeful life.

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Character that Counts offers a wide range of books, accountability cards and merchandise at discounted prices if you order through our website.

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Contact CTC

If you call our office (815-525-6339), you can connect with Rod Handley directly or, if you prefer, use the link below to contact us via email or Contact in the navigation bar above to join our mailing list or request a speaking engagement.


What's Happening at Character That Counts

New Character That Counts Web Site!

We are excited to have our new web site online! Be sure to check out the updated schedule, ministry resources, products and gift donations to all the different CTC ministries.

Plus, we can now process credit card orders for your purchases. If you have an order exceeding $100, call our office for quantity discount pricing.

Excellence in Giving

We just earned the Excellence in Giving Transparency Certificate by submitting 175 strategy, leadership, financial, and impact data to @NonprofitAnalytics. Review our cost-effectiveness at link below!!

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2023 Event Schedule

Check out where Rod, Dan, Greg, Tim, Bill, Patricia and the rest of the CTC staff is speaking!!

For those who receive our CTC/TGIW Spring Newsletter, it arrived in your mailbox in late March/early April 2022. Look for information on two new books (Team Workouts on Character, Book 1 & 2), plus more updates!! (NOTE: This could be our final edition...details inside of the newsletter).

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Sherman & Sharon Smith

We were thrilled to have Sherman & Sharon Smith with us here in Kansas City between September 19-22, 2022. The Smith's story is seen in the movie "SHOW ME THE FATHER." It included the following events and all of them are posted on Rod Handley/TGIW YouTube Channel.
**Monday, September 19 -- Abundant Life Church (Lee's Summit, MO)
**Tuesday, September 20 -- TGIW--Lee's Summit @ Lee's Summit Community Church (Lee's Summit, MO)
**Wednesday, September 21 -- TGIW--Lee's Summit @ The New Stanley Event Space (Lee's Summit, MO)
**Wednesday, September 21 -- FBC-Blue Springs (Independence, MO)
**Thursday, September 22 -- 20th Annual Golf Tournament (Raymore, MO)

DVD copies of "SHOW ME THE FATHER" are available for $20 per copy. Contact Rod for details.

NOTE: The Smith's will be returning to Kansas City on Father's Day (June 18, 2023) speaking at Abundant Life Church in Lee's Summit, MO. In addition, they will do several other events through June 21, 2023. Stay tuned for more details.

TGIW--Lee's Summit ZOOM Meetings & YouTube Page

Due to COVID-19, we began meeting via ZOOM on March 25, 2020 for TGIW--Lee's Summit. All 165 ZOOM lessons, plus outline notes, can now be found on our YouTube page. Please go their through the link below and become one of our subscribers.

Lessons posted for CTC Staff Members:
Rod Handley (7 Signs/Miracles July - Dec 2020; MoMENtum--2021; Identity--2022; uncomMEN--2023)
Greg Griffin (2 Peter June 2020 - Mar 2021; Philippians Aug 2021 - Present)
Damion Cooper (7/15/20; 3/21/21; 7/20/21; 8/25/21; 12/1/21; 2/2/22; 3/2/22; 5/18/22; 6/15/22; 9/14/22; 11/9/22; 1/11/23; 3/15/23)
Dr. Dan Gerdes (8/5/20; 1/21/21; 4/28/21)
Glen Nash (10/20/21; 3/16/22; 8/17/22; 12/14/22)
Bill Stutz (5/19/21; 10/12/22)
Tim Truesdale (6/24/20)
Dalton Vann (6/30/21)

Other Speakers (in alphabetical order):
Mike Bayly (1/28/21)
Eric Boles (5/6/20)
Ron Brown (4/22/20)
Joe Calhoon (6/3/20; 6/2/21; 11/23/22)
Paul Coffman (12/30/21)
Bill Corum (10/19/22)
Mark Denison (6/1/22)
Dustin Doll (11/11/20)
Charles Graham (8/26/20)
Derek Handley (12/28/22)
Jake Handley (12/29/21)
Bill Hildebrand (2/17/21; 5/5/21; 4/20/22; 11/16/22)
Evan Lange (9/16/20; 3/10/21; 2/16/22; 4/5/23)
Ryan Lefebvre (12/7/22)
Jeff Kemp (5/13/20)
Scotty Kessler (5/27/20)
Jon Kitna (5/13/20)
Todd Long (1/18/23)
Dan Meers (12/22/21)
Brian Phillips (7/14/21)
Jim Ramos (9/29/21)
Darrell Robinson (5/3/23)
Tass Saada (10/7/20; 11/4/20)
Byron Shepherd (7/28/21; 6/29/22; 5/17/23)
Sherman Smith (9/21/22)
Lance Spencer (9/1/21)
Scott Stanger (8/12/20; 12/23/20; 2/24/21; 6/23/21; 1/19/22; 8/24/22; 12/21/22; 3/8/23)
Cory Stout (4/27/22; 7/13/22; 2/8/23)
Mike Sweeney (5/20/20)
Team Jesus (7/29/20; 10/28/20; 3/3/21; 10/27/21; 1/26/22; 7/21/22)
Trace Thurlby (4/15/20; 8/4/21; 3/23/22; 4/12/23)
Terry Towles (6/9/21)
Clay Withers (12/2/20; 4/14/21; 11/17/21; 3/30/22; 9/26/22)

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TGIW/CTC/PMM 21st Annual Golf Tournament - September 14, 2023

2023 Special Speaker: Derek Handley
Creekmoor Golf Course; Raymore, MO
Lunch catered by Chick-fil-A

2022 Special Speaker: Sherman Smith (SHOW ME THE FATHER), former NFL player & coach
Award winning chicken wings at the turn cooked on-site by Beyond Wealth Advisors
We had 106 golfers and 25 sponsors.
In 2021, we had 96 golfers and 27 sponsors with Damion Cooper as our special speaker.

Here were our 25 sponsors for 2022 event:
*Triune Financial Partners (GOLD)
*Beyond Wealth Advisors (GOLD)
*B-21 Realty (SILVER)
*Chris Bell Insurance (SILVER)
*Insurance One Moyer & Moyer (SILVER)
*Kindler Holdings (SILVER)
*Orthosport Rehabilitation (SILVER)
*Schnick Construction, Inc. (SILVER)
*Stinson (SILVER)
*United Heating & Cooling & Plumbing (SILVER)
*Compass Wealth Management (BRONZE)
*Fender Family Dentistry (BRONZE)
*Raymond James Financial Services (BRONZE)
*Reed Automotive Group (BRONZE)
*Stewardship Capital (BRONZE)
*Tom & Kari Lipscomb (BRONZE)
*Advocare (HOLE)
*Barnabas Group (HOLE)
*Boundless (HOLE)
*Chick-fil-A (HOLE)
*Foster Marketing Group (HOLE)
*God's Bucket Brigade (HOLE)
*Metcalf Auto Plaza (HOLE)
*Friends of the Ministry (2 Anonymous Givers)

Coaches & Athletes Rally - June 19, 2023

Hello Coaches,

This is Gary Spani with the Kansas City Chiefs. I am very excited to share with you about an upcoming program on June 19 which highlights speaker Sherman Smith (NFL Running Back and NFL and College Coach) who will be communicating about a number of character qualities including IDENTITY, RESPECT; RESPONSIBILITY; TEACHABILITY; and ACCOUNTABITLITY. These qualities are the bedrock and anchor of a strong foundation and what are desperately needed in our culture today. You as coaches see and understand the absolute value yet daily battle that this is. The success of these qualities working within a team environment are ones that can also affect a student athlete for a lifetime.

Although this is not a Chiefs sanctioned event, being a former Chiefs player and also one who has worked within the organization for almost 35 years, I know they are firm believers in these strong character traits and attributes that are fundamental building blocks of any successful team. The organization “Character That Counts” that’s headed up by Rod Handley is inviting 80 High school coaches, your assistant coaches, and teams to join us the afternoon of Monday, June 19th. This is one event you will not want to miss!

LOCATION: Abundant Life Church (Main Sanctuary); 304 SW Persels Road; Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

DATE & TIME: Monday, June 19, 2023 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m.) doors open @ 12:45 p.m. This is a free event so please disregard donation request on evite.

SPEAKER: Sherman Smith, NFL running back (8 years); NFL & College & high school assistant coach (33 years) and star of the 2021 film “Show Me The Father.” Sherman was Eddie George’s running back coach with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and he is a Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks.

KANSAS CITY CONNECTION: Sherman’s son, Deland McCollough, was the Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Coach when the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV. Deland is currently the running backs coach at Notre Dame.

See you Monday, June 19th at 1:00 pm! Please let us know you’re coming!

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