"Sustainability" Part Four
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, April 26 2004 10:44|
Here are the 7th and 8th ideas about how to sustain momentum and change in your men' s ministry.
Interdisciplinary: Foster interdisciplinary cooperation: Sustain you men's ministry by meeting periodically with all the other ministry program or department heads-women's ministry, children's ministry, youth ministry, seniors, Christian education, and so on. Suggest an "Interdisciplinary Discipleship Council"-an IDC-that meets bimonthly or quarterly. The more you know about each other's plans, the better total church planning you all can do together. Also, the visibility for men's ministry will create respect for the need to disciple men and the impact discipled men can have on the rest of the family members and church.
Expectations: Manage the expectations of the leadership team (and your own): Are you frustrated that you want men to succeed more than they do themselves? That's a formula for leadership dropout. Don't expect more than the Bible promises. Expect men to drop out. Expect men to drop away every time you ask for deeper levels of commitment. Why? Because the command to make disciples is juxtaposed against the principle of the parable of the sower. In other words, as you go along some of the seed is snatched away, some withers, and some gets choked by life's riches and worries. Part of sustaining momentum is not expecting too much. You wouldn't eat 5 pounds of food and expect to gain 5 pounds. Neither should we expect a man to hear "the 10 things every Godly man believes" and completely "get it." The roller coaster is normative. On the other hand, don't expect less than the Bible promises. John 3:16, 1 Timothy 1:15, Luke 19:10, Matthew 13:24, John 15:8, 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 in the cosmos for the souls of your men. The secular symptoms we see like neglect, divorce, and working too much are spiritual casualties of war. God wants us to build Christ's kingdom. This a battle we can win-that we are going to win. We must not, we cannot and, by God's grace, we will not fail.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,