The New Christian Men's Movement
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, April 30 2006 19:00|
Five of our staff have just returned from the 10th anniversary conference of the National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM) in Denver, Colorado. Here are three inescapable impressions from the meeting....
First and foremost, be encouraged that the Christian men's movement is robust. The ministries are strong, their leaders are enthusiastic about what they see God doing in America and the world, and they are totally committed to working together toward the vision of "a disciple-making ministry to men in every church." Virtually all the NCMM ministry members agree: There is one men's ministry and it belongs to God.
Second, be encouraged that the Christian men's movement is here to stay. Five years ago we all had high hopes that the movement would be sustainable as it transitioned into the more quiet corridors of the local church. Today those hopes have yielded to gratitude. The Christian men's movement is here to stay. The movement has reached sustainability, and is steadily growing.
Third, be encouraged that the definition of men's ministry has morphed to include all the men in your church. Christian men's leaders are no longer content to declare victory because they have 6 guys meeting in a small group on Wednesday morning at 0'dark thirty, or 12 white-haired gentlemen eating burned pancakes one Saturday morning each month. Good, but not good enough.
Instead, the new Christian men's movement is local church-based ministry to men increasingly understood as "everything we do in the church that disciples men." So, if you have 100 men in your church, then the size of your men's ministry is 100. At Man in the Mirror we call this "all-inclusive men's ministry." All-inclusive men's ministry begins with the Sunday worship service, and includes the care groups, the home Bible studies, the Sunday classes, ushering, parking, teachers, elders, deacons, workers, missions trips, committee work...anything that involves men whether it includes men only, couples, or families.
To God be the glory for the great things He has done and continues to do!