Why a Ministry to Men?
Men’s ministry is so much more than just providing activities for men, like men are looking for something else to add to their schedules! Consider this information:
Add to this list… that eight do not find their jobs satisfying, six pay only the monthly minimum on credit cards, and the four who get divorced will affect 1 million children each year. Indeed, men are in a battle for their souls; and many don’t even realize it. Do we believe that we are immune to these problems?
What about discipleship? The biblical model is not outdated: You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Paul writing to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2:1-2.
So, how does a disciple wannabe find a “Paul” who is willing to invest his life into another person? How can a mature believer find a “Timothy” who desires to learn and grow into an authentic follower of Christ?
Think of what a ministry to men can do for our community, for marriages, families and businesses… ponder, plan and pray with me about how God will work in the life of our congregation, and that a ministry specifically involving men can come to fruition. Share your ideas!
Our Great Commission:
Men’s Ministry is the active pursuit of men in order to connect them to God, His Word, and other men for the purpose of winning, growing, and training God’s men in Christ.
Can a men’s ministry enable a man to better understand his calling in life and how to achieve it? Can a men’s ministry challenge a man to grow deeper in intellect, emotion, and spirit? Can a men’s ministry teach men how to stay sexually pure? The answer to this question is a resounding yes!
Every man involved in ministry in King’s Grant Baptist Church is a part of the Men’s Ministry, whether or not they ever come to a prayer breakfast!
Essential Elements for Men’s Ministry:
Here are eight biblically-balanced benchmarks for a healthy ministry to men.
FILLING – God’s man is able to feed himself. Consistently studying and applying God’s Word independent of the church or small group is essential. To do this, a man must be taught how to study the Bible. (1 Peter 2:1-3; Psalm 1:1-3).
TRAINING – God’s man receives regular biblical instruction (1 Thessalonians 2:13). This can be achieved through a weekly small-group Bible study.
PRACTICING – God’s man learns how to apply God’s Word to all areas of life. It is essential to allowing room for accountability within the men’s ministry for the purpose of consistency and obedience to God’s Word (James 1:22-25; Ezekiel 33:30-32).
UNITING – God’s man makes it a priority to connect with other men (at least two times a month) for the purpose of community, accountability, confession, and prayer (Galatians 6:1-3; James 5:16; Hebrews 10:23-24).
SURVIVING – God’s man learns to address major life temptations and/or crises according to his need and life-stage. Support and encouragement from the small group is essential (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
REACHING – God’s man gets involved in some form of men’s ministry based on his gifts and talents. God has called each of us to pour out to others what He has poured into us (1 Peter 4:10-11; Ephesians 4:11-13)
IMPACTING – God’s man invests time and resources into the lives of other men; through shared activities, spiritual mentoring, and modeling (2 Timothy 2:22; Proverbs 27:17; Mark 3:13-14).
SHARING – God’s man learns to actively share his faith in order to lead others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15; Matthew 28:18-20).
(The graphic ABOVE was from an ad in Leadership Journal back in 2007, from Patrick Morley’s book, “A Man’s Guide to Spiritual Disciplines,” the statistics are found page 16).