“Sustainability” – The Number 1 Problem in Men’s Ministry
“Sustainability” easily ranks as the #1 challenge to men’s ministry. For lack thereof, many churches-even entire denominations-have quit trying. For many that still have a men’s ministry “on the books,” it has become an albatross around the pastor’s neck. How are you doing? It doesn’t have to be that way. For the next few weeks I’ll present two strategies per week to help sustain momentum in your men’s ministry…
Change Leadership’s Perception About the Size of Your Men’s Ministry: You can sustain momentum by raising the perceived “size” of your church’s men’s ministry. Which ministries get the most resources? The ones perceived to produce the greatest impact. How many men do you have in your church? Count them. That’s the size of your men’s ministry! Help your pastors, elders, deacons, and program directors understand that if you have 100 men, then the size of your men’s ministry = 100. Think big! Talk up the category of “all-inclusive” men’s ministry. Help leadership see that your men’s ministry is much bigger than they’ve been thinking. Don’t think of your men’s ministry as a small group of your most committed men. Six men meeting on Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. does not a men’s ministry make. Instead, think of men’s ministry as “everything we do in our church that affects men.” Have a plan to disciple every willing man in the church – ushers, parkers, choir, Sunday school teachers, elders, deacons and pew warmers -right where they are. This is a change of worldview, so you will have to hammer away at this many, many times. But the more leadership sees the importance of discipling every willing man in the church, the more support and, therefore, sustainability, your efforts will produce.
Offer Intentional Content: Sustain momentum by scratching where men really itch. If you offer the right discipleship content, men will come. What’s right? Imagine you will have a man and his family for, say, 5 years. What are the lessons so important that if he should leave without getting them, you will have failed him? This, then, becomes the content of your discipleship program. Click here to see examples of relevant topics we’ve taught at the Man in the Mirror Bible Study over the last three years (you’ll have to complete a one-time registration if it’s your first visit but it’s non-intrusive).
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,