A Plan to Disciple Every Man in Your Church
QUESTION: Pat, I’m a pastor. I buy into your idea that the size of my men’s ministry equals the number of men in my church. But I’m at ground zero. Where should I start?
ANSWER: Here’s an idea to take out for a spin. Announce that you would like to disciple every man in the church over the next few years who has not already been discipled. Make this a high visibility deal from the front. Mention it repetitiously (e.g., that you’re doing it, include stories from men-with permission of course-as sermon illustrations).
Then, several times a year (quarterly perhaps), personally lead a men’s discipleship group. Make it by sign up. Create a waiting list. Use something like Master Plan for Evangelism (Coleman) or a Basic Discipleship Curriculum from your denomination. Be a discussion facilitator (not the expert everyone waits for to explain the truth). It can become a badge of honor for your men to have been personally discipled by you. Possibly/probably allow a couple of deacons and elders in each group.
Read Building Brothers by Geoff Gorsuch to get a helicopter view of what can happen in the groups. Some of the men in the groups will want to continue after your 10 or 12 weeks. Encourage that as a way of sustaining momentum among the men.
What if you’re not a pastor but still care about this issue? Consider forwarding this email to your pastor with a few encouraging words.
To God be the glory for the great things He has done and continues to do!