“Sustainability” Part Three
Here are the 5th and 6th ideas about how to sustain momentum and change in your men’s ministry.
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A System: Reach new men by repeating the cycle: Because the roller coaster is biblically normative (the principle of the parable of the sower versus command to make disciples), build a system that periodically “starts over” to reach other men who may be ready now, but not then.
Be careful to select the right system, because if you pick the wrong one you won’t know it for several years. By the time you figure it out, you will have burned out your best leaders. After that it will take a few years for a new group to be willing to give it a shot. And then a few more years to build momentum. Basically, picking the wrong system can blow off up to a decade of your ministry. Man in the Mirror’s “Create, Capture, and Sustain” model can show you how to build a sustainable men’s ministry system. Click here for more information about the Leadership Training Center or click here to order the Men’s Ministry Action Plan .
Service: Send your men who are ready to serve (but not before) or you will lose them to someone who will: Sustain what you have by sending your men out. Once a man has grown to a point that he has a grateful heart, he will want to serve his Lord. He is no disciple who never wants to serve Christ. On the other hand, until a man has enough Jesus for himself, don’t ask him to give away what he himself lacks. Challenge your disciples to reach out and disciple other men. A disciple is called, equipped, and sent – called to walk with Christ (evangelism), equipped to live like Christ (teaching), and sent to work for Christ (service). “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8). Unless you send him you will stunt his growth – he will become a spiritual dwarf. Besides, a men’s ministry that doesn’t send men is a “closed” system that has entropy built into it.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,