All-Inclusive Men's Ministry
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Tuesday, September 02 2003 07:51|
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled "Just A Thought"
When you hear the words men’s ministry what do you picture? Some will see old guys eating burned pancakes on Saturday morning. Others will picture those half dozen or so zealous men who make their pastor nervous (he’s never quite sure what they’re up to).
Men’s ministry isn’t working. Men’s ministry the way we know it has failed to create, capture, and sustain large numbers of men as disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Only one in 18 men in America are involved in any form of discipleship or spiritual formation. We need some new paradigms.
For starters, we need a concept of “all-inclusive men’s ministry" that disciples every man in the church. Most of this discipleship can occur right where men are, not necessarily by pulling them into a new program.
It could be stated this way:
Men’s ministry = the number of men in our church + the men we want to be here.
It’s worth considering. If true, the implications could be significant. What would an “all-inclusive men’s ministry" look like in your church?