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“Women, buy this book for the men you love! Called to War will most assuredly be compared with Wild at Heart, Healing the Masculine Soul and Raising a Modern Day Knight. Men-of-God, saddle up; you have been Called to War!’  

-- Marc Stein, President,   Gospel Light Worldwide

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CORE 300 is a men's discipleship movement originated by the Holy Spirit in the hearts of a group of regular guys that is beginning to spread across the nation.

Our Threefold Objective:

  1. Strengthen the local church and support the pastors’ vision and gifting by freeing and deploying the men
  2. Equip the man for first century men’s discipleship, powerful ministry and victory in contemporary spiritual warfare.
  3. Catalyze a legacy of faithful men through trans generational authentic masculinity according to God’s design.

The Book "Called to War: Out of the Stands and into the Arena”, is based on the Journey of Gideon and what God did to transform the lives of the men at a local community of Believers in crisis.

Process: Based on the six stages of the life of Gideon in Judges 6-8 where God invests in men in order to redeem the times:

  1. Call the man “Out of the Stands…Into the Arena”
  2. Engage the man in commitment
  3. Connect the man in community
  4. Free the man from the armor of his past
  5. Train the man in spiritual warfare
  6. Deploy the man as a servant leader…to become the dream God had when He made him

Other Services

  1. Men's Ministry Groups - can bring in our team to lead a 3 or 4 day retreat focused on leadership development. Curriculum is based on the first course called The Warrior.
  2. CoreArmy - Fathers and Sons Rites of Passage includes 3 or 4 day retreat. Curriculum is based on the first course called The Warrior and includes a 75 page syllabus, Squad Leader Training, CD selection and a Core 300 Armor of God Coin for each participant awarded in a powerful conveyance ceremony at the end.
  3. Training & Consulting - Core 300 offers a variety of methods and opportunities to help your group and your church create a strategy for reaching men from the ages of 12 to 80. From large conferences and workshops to customized training and personal coaching, we can help you succeed. If you or your church wants to learn more click here.

Director and Founder Art Hobba’s calling to found Core 300 is told succinctly in the opening pages of his recent fast selling book, “Called to War: Out of the Stands...Into the Arena”. See Chapter by Chapter video introductions.

For most of his adult years, Art has straddled the worlds of both ministry and business with 12 years as a Pastor and men’s ministries leader, and over 25 years as an entrepreneurial Business Leader, Speaker and Executive Coach. More at

Art’s heart and core passion, however, has always been is in teaching and developing men as Servant Leaders and Disciples of Jesus Christ. Art lives in Agoura Hills with wife Sharon and has 5 sons. His hobby passions include football, coaching, writing and spear fishing.

Core 300 Board of Directors

Steve Abarta – Co-Founder and Director, HR Expert, Editor, Video Pre and Post Production. Steve has a long and distinguished career as VP of Human Resources for several global public companies including Fiserv, Hitachi, XP Systems, and Fairchild Aerospace. He brings a deep human capital and compliance awareness to Core 300 as well as his many other gifts such as editing, videography and audio engineering. Now retired in Simi Valley, CA. Steve lives with his wife and daughter and two at-risk foster babies.

Harry Beeson, CPA – Director and Treasurer, is Sr. Partner of Romberger, Wilson and Beeson, and he has served and advised many Christian non-profit organizations and over 1,000 pastors for over 35 years. Harry lives with his wife in Glendale, CA.

Art Hobba - Founder and Executive Director, has spearheaded three Successful Start-ups and served in leadership roles for two NASDAQ Tech companies and Grant Thornton, LLP. As the founder of Transcende, Art’s Scripture-based leadership and science based talent assessment skills helped companies change their culture and grow. In the 80’s Art was the Senior Pastor of two churches. Art’s passion for men to get into the arena” led him to write Called to WarTM and Found of Core 300, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Art lives in Agoura Hills, CA with his wife and has five sons.

Dave Tofanelli - Director, Secretary, Organizational Expert RVP Wellpoint, Prof. of Business at Cal Lutheran University, Calvary Operations Board, former Naval Officer special Forces. Dave, who is a published author of two books, brings his spiritual and business wisdom and military organizational skills as Core 300’s acting Board Secretary. Dave lives n Thousand Oaks with his wife and son.

Advisory Board

Bill Conine - Bill professional career began with Sparrow Records to assume the position of V.P. of Sales and Marketing. In 1982, he formed Diamante Music Group which became the #1 independent Christian Music distributor in the industry. In 2002, he sold Diamante and took the position of V.P. for both Sales and Marketing for Strang Communications. In 2008, he became a Chair with Convene to serve Christian CEO's and business owners to help grow their business, have greater leadership and Kingdom Impact.

Gary Dunahoo – is the Sr. Pastor of Lighthouse Church in Newbury Park, CA. He and his wife Tammy have pastored several churches, and also served in various leadership offices at Foursquare District and at the International headquarters in Los Angeles. Gary’s experience as overseer of men’s ministries for Foursquare USA provides him with a depth of wisdom and wise counsel for Core 300’s Founder and Board.

Chris Hayward – President, Cleansing Stream Ministries has lead CSM for 15 years and has shepherded their expansion into 25 countries with their materials translated into 5 languages. “Pastor Chris” has been a special advisor to our Founder Art Hobba.

Scott Jette – President Credo Consulting, began his career in the US Marines. In four tours of duty, Scott has displayed exceptional leadership skills, earning the prestigious Fullwood Award for graduating first in his class from Sniper School, the Navy Achievement Medal, and Commanding General’s Letter of Commendation. He moved into the private sector to lead corporate development for L.A. Gear, before accepting the role of Executive Pastor for Oasis Christian Center in Hollywood, CA, where he served for 10 years. He now consults corporate leaders to bring efficiencies to their operations.  Scott lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and children. 

Our Team

Steve Abarta, Executive Editor, Video Pre and Post Production

Ross Ellsworth, SWAT Team Leader

Art Hobba, Teacher, Writer See Art's blog

Sharon Hobba, Meeting Planner and Retreat Coordinator

Alan Jones, Curricula Design

Debbie Fuller, Customer Service

Jane Ogne, Book Keeper


As a Christian, Bible based organization, we hold firm the truth that all of scripture is inspired by God, inerrantly so. We therefore value the Word of God above all other spoken and written communications. It teaches the following non negotiable truths:

  • The One God, who has no beginning or ending is also three in One, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  • That He has sacrificially ransomed mankind from Satan’s jurisdiction due to the Fall in the Garden
  • Anyone who believes in Christ’s first coming, His life, death and His resurrection and ascension into Heaven, then the gift of His sinless life by crucifixion has provided the complete act of salvation and forgiveness of sins and has the promise of eternal life with God. Requisites to walk in newness of life is to repent of their sin, confesses Christ as their only Savior
  • That his church is the highest authority on earth and is called to make disciples and then release them to serve one another and all people on earth, as both salt and light. And we, as the Bride of Christ, await His immanent return to earth as the Warrior-King of Kings.
  • That, according to his gospel, the purpose of Jesus’ coming was to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth, an d this is being realized today through his believing, active and serving church.
  •  That God has ordained from creation, the primacy of the role, dominion and authority, through servant leadership, to the man.
  • That much of the redemptive nature of God’s Kingdom is meant to be lived out in each believing man’s immediate sphere of influence. The attributes of righteousness, joy and peace, flow to and through the man to his family, workplace, church and community, for God’s glory.
  • That the method of establishing his Kingdom here on earth is through believing prayer, as prescribed by Jesus and modeled in scripture and church history by the saints of old. As we bind our hearts together in love and one accord, “the fervent prayer of a righteous man is effective and powerful.”
  • That this Kingdom comes in the midst of struggle against the constant and pervasive sphere into which everyone is born. There is real yet invisible warfare defined as the flesh, the world system and the Devil.
  • That violent men of God must take it by force.
  • Finally, that the man cannot stand alone and win this war. He must transparently open his life to a trusted circle of committed men, and to his wife, if married. God will not allow for a man to succeed vertically as a solo soldier without living in horizontal alignment with a trusted band of brothers.

We also prescribe to the Nicene Creed

"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen"

"When pressed, the best I would do is play defense and yield as little ground as possible. Now, I am a Warrior."

- Mike Gregory

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