A Reformation of Men's Discipleship
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, October 05 2009 00:00|
NOTE: I'm close to sending you the results of our strategic planning on which so many of you offered advice. Your thoughts have been very helpful.
As we've gone through our "turn of the decade" strategic planning process, the thing that is most near and dear to me is a reformation of men's discipleship in the church.
What is the problem we are trying to solve?It is the "men problem"-a problem that has been well documented. You can hear about it on Oprah, read about it in Time, and watch the destruction it creates on Dr. Phil. Men have become one of our largest neglected people groups. No man fails on purpose, but for most men their capabilities do not equal their intentions. Many of these men are barely hanging on. Psychographically, they are tired. They often have a lingering feeling something isn't quite right about their lives. Often their lives are coming unglued. And it is common for them to feel like nobody really cares. When you look at the men in our churches, do you see men leading powerful transformed lives? There are inspiring exceptions, but for the most part we don't. Men's hearts for the most part are in the right place, but they either don't know what to do or, knowing, lack power to live it out. Why is that? In Matthew 22:29, Jesus told some confused religious leaders, "The problem is that you do not know the Scriptures and you do not know the power of God." The same thing is happening today. In short, churches are not making disciples of men. Perhaps a bigger problem is that many think they are.
What is the solution? The solution is "for every church to disciple every man." To pull this off will require nothing short of a Discipleship Reformation. And we think there is strong evidence to think such a reformation has already begun. We are passionate about a Reformation of Men's Discipleship. That's the only systemic way to solve the "men problem"-to pave the way for millions of men to become disciples who lead powerful lives transformed by Christ.
Yours for changed lives,