Do You Need Men for Your Existing Growth and Service Ministries?
If your church is like most, you have lots of growth and service opportunities but not enough people to populate them.
How can you populate the existing growth and service opportunities in your church? And if we really want to dream, how can we raise up enough men so that we can actually expand our growth and service ministries?
There is a proven, systematic, simple, and sustainable way to populate and grow your ministries. It’s the Create-Capture-Sustain Cycle—the “engine” that runs the No Man Left Behind Model.
Ah, Everything revolves around Vision—making disciples, however your church says it.
Create Value with an event that grabs men’s attention. It can be as elaborate as a men’s seminar or as simple as taking a man to lunch to find out where he is spiritually.
It takes a lot of energy to create momentum, so you want to capture it, right? Capture Momentum by inviting men to participate in a discussion groups (3 to 6 weeks) on a felt need.
So how does this populate your ministries? Here’s the Big Idea: Sustain Change by assimilating men into the existing or new growth and service ministries of your church. During the fourth, fifth, and sixth weeks of your discussion group, say, “We’ll be done soon. What would you like to do next? Here are the existing (and possibly new) growth and service opportunities in our church. Which, if any, of these might interest you?” Then introduce him personally to the leader. By the way, don’t rely on “good intentions” for this to happen. You’ve invested a lot to get this far, so “walk” the man over and personally introduce him to the leader of the chosen ministry.
One more thing, the principle of the parable of the sower is always at work. Not every man will be ready to take the next step. That’s okay! Don’t put a guilt trip on him. Maybe he’s already in a group or serving somewhere. Maybe his family is in a crisis. Maybe he’s flummoxed at work. Grace, grace, grace. Long term, low pressure. Repeat the Create-Capture-Sustain Cycleoften, and maybe he’ll ride the train all the way the next time.
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, Ph.D.