Excerpt #11: Sustainable Men’s Ministry
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, September 17 2006 19:00|
In conjunction with the release of our new book about men’s discipleship ministry, No Man Left Behind, we are publishing 12 excerpts to give you a taste of the book. This one is from Chapter 11, “Sustain Momentum through Relationships.”
HAVING A LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE MEN'S MINISTRY
Perseverance and Patience Required
We should not expect a man to hear “the ten things every godly man believes” and completely “get it.”
Some men will need several “cycles” of the create–capture before they’re ready for the longer term spiritual growth of sustain. But by the end of each cycle you will also have new men staying involved in your discipleship process.
But don’t expect less than the Bible promises either. (See John 3:16, 1 Timothy 1:15, Luke 19:10, Matthew 13:24, John 15:9, John 14:12.) The problem is not that our plans are too big, but too small. Raise expectations. Educate leadership (and yourself) about what’s really going on. There is a spiritual battle raging for the souls of your men. The secular symptoms we see like crime, divorce, and workaholism are actually results of this spiritual war. God wants us to build Christ’s kingdom.
Usually Not a Linear Process
The create step for one man may be the sustain step for someone else. For an unchurched guy, being on the softball team last season was a create step. He really enjoyed the end-of-season BBQ when he got to meet the pastor (a capture step). For him the next season of softball is a sustain step. For another man on the softball team, giving his testimony at the BBQ was a create step on his path to leadership. At the same time, one member of the team recruited another member to join his new small group (a capture step).
Sustaining momentum is the last step in the system. Now you have a complete picture of The No Man Left Behind Model. But understanding the concepts is not enough to actually make a difference in your church. So, in Chapter 12 we help you map out what it will look like in your church.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,
Pat Morley, Ph.D.