"Sustainability" Part Two
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, April 12 2004 10:40|
Last week I mentioned that for several weeks I would pass along ideas to help "sustain momentum" in your men's ministry. Here are two more..
Challenge leadership to model what you're trying to create: Sustain momentum by helping your leadership team become to each other what you want your men to become. Tom Skinner said, "We must become the live demonstration of the kingdom of Christ so that anytime someone wants to know what is going on in heaven, all they have to do is check with us."
Coordinate disciple-making methods : Sustain momentum by picking a theme (whether for a week, a month, or the year), then focus your entire church on that theme. The "means" to make disciples include preaching, teaching, Bible studies, small groups, private devotions, mentoring, seminars, retreats, informal discussions, and leadership training. The 40 Days of Purpose program has shown just how effective it can be to point all the arrows in the same direction. A theme is like river banks-it helps define the direction and velocity of growth in the church.Don't just be a committee, but pray, study, fellowship, and care for each other. In other words, model what you want to build. If the leadership team models authentic relationships, in due time men will see that and want to be part of it. Also, it is doubtful if you can ever sustain momentum among men if the leaders can't sustain momentum among themselves. A good credo: "Let's become to each other what we are asking are men to become."
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,