Four Key Directions in Men’s Ministry
1. Evangelizing Men to Church Membership Objective: To introduce lost men to Jesus Christ and involve Christian men in sharing their faith. Activities:
– Reach men through recreational events: softball and basketball teams, golf, tennis or fishing tournaments.
– Host seminars and retreats on subjects like finances, time management, marriage and parenting.
– Start a weekly power lunch or annual chili cook-off.
– Offer family-focused, non-threatening activities like a father-son campout or daddy-daughter banquet.
– Provide support-group meetings for divorce recovery or addictive behaviors.
– Offer weekend activities for single fathers and their children. Learn how to share your faith by attending a witness training class.
– Present testimonies of Christian athletes via video at a neighborhood bowl game party.
2. Establishing Men to Spiritual Maturity Objective: To develop faithful, maturing Christian men. Activities:
– Plan focused men’s retreats.
– Provide weekly Bible study and prayer groups for men.
– Create accountability/encouragement groups (four to six men).
– Do book studies in men’s small groups.
– Encourage Paul-Timothy mentoring partnerships.
3. Equipping Men for Ministry Objective: To help men discover and use their spiritual gifts. Activities:
– Take a course on discovering and using spiritual gifts.
– Lead or assist in a men’s ministry group or event.
– Participate in a weekly men’s ministry prayer group.
– Work in the church nursery or extended session.
– Do automotive or lawn maintenance for widows.
– Staff a community soup kitchen or clothes closet.
– Provide career counseling for job seekers.
– Be involved in missions education for men and boys.
– Assist with church building and grounds maintenance.
4. Extending Men on Mission Objective: To put men on mission with God in their workplaces, communities and world. Activities:
– Conduct an outreach Bible study in a nursing home or workplace.
– Join a Habitat for Humanity construction team.
– Implement a disaster-relief ministry.
– Build Christian unity through interracial worship services.
– Offer professional fellowships for doctors, dentists and others.
– Serve with Campers on Mission.
– Explore missions partnership opportunities through your church’s national missions program.
The above article, “Four Key Directions in Men’s Ministry” was written by Sid Woodruff. The article was excerpted from www.Lifewayresources.com web site. Sid Woodruff; Men’s Ministry Specialist, Life Way Christian Resources. June 2017.
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This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”