Men's Ministry: Should You Quit?
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, December 01 2003 10:08|
If your calling is men’s discipleship, sooner or later you will think about quitting. Why? Because it’s just plain hard. It takes a long time to make a disciple. It’s not a parade, a party, or a picnic. It’s trench work. It’s often thankless. Progress can seem slow.
Yet, nothing has more potential to bring about a moral and spiritual reformation of America. If we reach men, we reach marriages. If we reach marriages, we reach families. If we reach families, we reach the church. If we reach the church, we reach America.
So here are some questions to pose to yourself when you’re wondering if it’s worth the trouble….
• Why am I doing this? (Something like “calling” should be in there somewhere.)
• What am I trying to accomplish? (Something like “to make disciples.” This might be a place for your “vision statement.” For example, “To engage every man in our church with a credible offer of Christ and the resources to grow".)
• Have I been faithful? (Leadership is a privilege and a responsibility for which God holds those who accept it accountable. God calls us to be faithful, not to produce a particular outcome—that is the work of the Holy Spirit. The question on the final exam will be, “Were you faithful?”)
Don’t quit. We need you. As Jack Hayford said, “The deal is still on".
TIP OF THE WEEK: The “One Word” Prayer Request
Common small group problem: Overheard: “The discussion was so good we ran out of time to pray at the end!” How often do your small groups skip prayer requests?
Tip: For 17 years I’ve met with 15 to 20 leaders from our Friday morning Man in the Mirror Bible Study. We meet at my home on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 6:45 to 8:15 a. m. for Bible study, fellowship, table briefings, and prayer. Two months ago I stumbled onto an idea that has worked well. When we are short on time (because something else was so good!), we ask each man to give a “one word” prayer request. It takes about two minutes to hear from all fifteen men! We bow, and each man prays silently for the men to his right and left. I then close out verbally for the group.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,