All-Inclusive Ministry to Men (Part 2)
A Special Message from David Delk, President of Man in the Mirror
Last week we suggested your church should have “an all inclusive ministry to men.”
As a reminder, the two overriding principles of an all-inclusive ministry are:
1. Disciple every willing man in your church and community.
2. Everything that any man does with your church is men’s ministry.
An all-inclusive ministry to men tries to maximize the kingdom impact of every interaction with every man, no matter the setting. (Click here to read last week’s entire article.)
Here are a few practical ideas for integrating ministry to men into the fabric of your church:
- Help men who assist with parking see themselves as men in ministry. Give them prayer cards each Sunday with a scripture verse and a prayer request for the church. Ask them to use any down time to pray for the church.
- Encourage men serving in other areas of the church and thank them for being a man in ministry. Include information about them in your men’s newsletter or emails – list the men leading the youth mission trip, or the deacons / elders, or the men leading worship. Ask men to pray for them.
- Help men working with children to see themselves as a man in ministry. Provide apron/smocks in the infant classes with the name you use to refer to all the men in your church (like FBC men).
- Recruit a men’s representative in every adult education class and co-ed small group. His job is not just to make announcements but to try to help make sure men are being discipled in that setting.
- Rally the men to support other events and ministries in the church by adopting them as your ministry. Recruit men to do all the setup and breakdown of your church’s next big outreach activity. Rather than reinventing a men’s only activity every time, throw your weight behind some events your church has already planned that will reach men.
Yours in the battle for men’s souls,