Why The Men’s Ministry?
We have a mandate and a charge from God through Jesus Christ.
THE CURRENT SOCIAL TREND
Flip though a newspaper any day of the year and you will find that most of the perpetrators of family and societal crimes and misdemeanors are men. Men statistically commit more crimes of all types than women. Men are the cause of so many problems in the world culture that if we help men, we help the world. Transform men and you will transform the world. We believe that a church will never grow beyond the spirituality of its men. Look around at churches that are effectively carrying out the Great Commission, and you will see many men involved in that church, men growing spiritually and providing leadership. It is therefore important that we turn our attention to the effective and active development of the Men’s Ministry.
We must seek to develop and pursue Gods agenda because;
We are men in Christ who should seek to glorify and serve God through the building of character, integrity and influence by encouraging men to take the next step in walking with Christ through prayer, study, fellowship and reproducing His Life (JESUS) in the lives of others.
Our motive should be 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 man” in Christ.
The following steps can assist us build on what we have:
• Pray for God’s direction–Any viable ministry starts with dependence upon God and is sustained by God through prayer.What we want to see happen in a man’s life should be;
Enabling a man to better understand his calling in life and how to achieve it.
Challenging a man to grow deeper in intellect, emotion and spirit
Teaching man on how to stay pure in various ways (relationships, family life, social life etc.)
• FILLING (As in Discovering God’s word for our lives)– God’s man is and must be a self-feeder. Spend time in scripture discovering what God’s word says to men. Consistently studying and applying God’s Word independent of the church becomes very crucial.
Conscious efforts must be madeto teach the man on how to study the Bible as well as bible interpretation skills at scheduled meetings. The pastor can be of immense help here (1 Peter 2:1-3; Psalm 1:1-3).
• TRAINING (Pastoral Involvement) – God’s man receives regular/weekly biblical instruction (1 Thessalonians 2:13). This can be achieved through a weekly small-group Bible study or large-group study with small-group discussion.Pastors should assist by way of pastoral emphasis.
• PRACTICING – God’s man learns how to apply God’s Word to all areas of life. It is essential to allow 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).
• REACHINGOUT (As in sharing your vision with others) –Bring your gifts and talents to bear on the activities of the men’s ministry. 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). Identify men in the church who have a passionate vision for the ministry to be drafted.
• UNITING (As in Teaming up with others) – God’s man makes it a priority to connect with other men for the purpose of building a community, accountability, confession, and prayer (Galatians 6:1-3; James 5:16; Hebrews 10:23-24). Groups should be formed around whom the men’s ministry will revolve.
• IMPACTING (Knowing Men in the Church) – God’s man invests time and resources into the lives of other men. Make efforts to establish a form of one-on-one connection through shared activities, spiritual mentoring, and modeling (2 Tim. 2:22; Proverbs 27:17; Mark 3:13-14). This can be done by knowing the needs and strengths of members in order to draw up programs that will enhance the sustenance of such connections in meeting the needs.
• SURVIVAL (Discover resources) – God’s man learns to address major life temptations and/or crises according to his need and life-style. Support and encouragement from the ministry, leader and the small group members (where available) is essential for the individual’s survival(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
For the men’s ministry itself, look at what other ministries with similar orientations are doing and learn from their failures and successes in order to survive.
• SHARING OUR FAITH (Develop a strategy) – 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 strategy should be geared towards the demonstrating of our faith in worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship and service through the demonstration of the anointing and power of God through the Holy Spirit. Events alone are not enough.
• FINANCING (Budget approval) – it is helpful for the Ministry to allocate some money to their core activities to whip up enthusiasm and toprovide support to various ministries throughout the church when men are needed.
• CALENDAR OF EVENTS – We should plan ahead and put events on the church calendar at strategic times of the year.
• EVALUATION – It is important that we take time to evaluate the progress and seek honest feedback from men who are involved. Evaluation should be done immediately after events and also at quarterly or yearly basis for continual improvement.
Finally, research shows that there are three critical components to Men’s Ministry: True Spiritual Leadership, a team structure and a strong Biblical content. Statistics reveal that only about 12% of men have the spiritual gift of leadership and most leaders do not volunteer. That means, 88% of men are looking for a strong leader to follow. The role of the church is to identify and invite those men who have this gift into key positions.