|Written by Brett Clemmer|
|Monday, September 10 2012 00:00|
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.
The No Man Left Behind Model looks like a conveyor belt. You can see it here. While the model is built on the firm foundations of the proper focus (discipleship), leadership (3 strands) and environment (man code), the engine that runs it is the Create-Capture-Sustain process.
Create-Capture-Sustain is a method that you can use to make sure that every activity you do with men has a long-term impact. Here is a brief explanation of each component:
Create Value - Give men what they need in the context of what they want. Men have lots of choices. To get men involved, you need to show them the value of what you're offering. Determine the felt need of a particular group you're trying to reach and meet that need -- whether that need is financial guidance, marriage advice, Bible knowledge or challenge and fun, this will draw those men in.
Capture Momentum - Always show men the right next step. How many times have you seen a bunch of guys show up for an exciting event, only to wonder where they all went two weeks later? It's important to capture the momentum you created with good "second gear" opportunities. Never plan an activity without planning an immediate short-term follow up activity.
Sustain Change - Find the activities in the church that are the most effective and help men get connected. Men who stay involved for a few weeks need to get plugged into other activities in the church. Make sure you are helping them find the best, most effective ministries that make sense based on their interests and spiritual maturity. Don't tell a man what to do next, bring him. Make it easy for him to say, "OK, I'll try that."
Put it into practice! Look at your calendar for the next few months. Find an upcoming activity and apply the Create-Capture-Sustain process to it. You will be excited at the way men become engaged for the long haul.