485 – No Man Left Behind: A Model, A Method and A Mindset: Part Three – A Mindset
No Man Left Behind is being used by churches that want to make men’s discipleship a priority and want a process to follow. We’re looking at three different perspectives on No Man Left Behind: a model, a method and a mindset.
- A Model — A pattern to follow (See Part One here)
- A Method — How do you make it happen? (See Part Two here)
- A Mindset — Break out of conventional “men’s ministry”
Answer these two questions quickly:
- How many men are in your church?
- How many men are in your men’s ministry?
A conventional mindset defines “men’s ministry” as only those guys who show up for the weekly men’s groups, monthly breakfast and annual men’s retreat. Break out of that thinking and consider a new idea, an All-Inclusive Ministry to Men.
An All-Inclusive Ministry to Men maximizes the Kingdom
potential of every interaction your church has with every man.
Make a list of all the places men participate in your church: worship service, nursery, ushers, Sunday School teachers, deacons, elders, parking lot ministry, softball team, sound booth, etc.
Now, here’s a radical idea: They are ALL part of your ministry to men! Instead of focusing on how many men you can get to your men’s-only events, strategize ways to help every ministry that touches men in your church disciple those men right where they are. Help the head usher get his men talking about Scripture and praying for each other. Tell the men working in the nursery how much you appreciate their ministry to the babies and parents they serve. Get some mature Christian guys to join the softball team and develop relationships with guys behind them on their spiritual journey.
Expand your thinking. Every man in your church is part of your ministry to men. In fact, just abandon the phrase “men’s ministry” altogether. It usually conjures up a picture of a bunch of guys eating pancakes anyway, rather than bold, faithful disciples pursuing Christ passionately.