"Sustainability" Part Five
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, May 03 2004 10:44|
Here are the 9th and 10th ideas about how to sustain momentum and change in your men's ministry.
Intergenerational: Create an emphasis on intergenerational ministry:
Sustain momentum among your men by creating rites of passage that connect men and boys through sports, recreational activity, and small groups. I wrote The Young Man in the Mirror for a spiritually mature adult to take a group of high school boys through a rite of passage into manhood. Psalm 78:2-7 says,
"I will utter hidden things, things from of old - what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel , which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands."
As you can see, creating an intergenerational transfer of spiritual wealth is part of God's order, and a powerful way to sustain ministry to men, young and old.
A Shepherd Model: Recruit "shepherds" rather than "teachers" to lead small groups:
Next week we'll wrap this up.
Together in the battle for men's souls,