By: Rick O’Callaghan
Belief: There is strategic importance in establishing balanced and intentional men’s ministry in the church, specifically designed to reach and grow men in relationship with Christ and other Christians.
Overall Goal: For men to help each other discover how we are uniquely called and shaped by God to live out the Great Commandment and to fulfill the Great Commission in every aspect of life -personal, home, church, workplace, community, and the world.
Mission/Purpose: By the grace of God, the men’s ministry exists to to introduce men to Jesus, to foster men’s development of godly character in Jesus, and to encourage them to live and love in the church and in the world as the Holy Spirit equips and leads.
Four Questions to continually consider…
- What keeps you spiritually refreshed in your life/ministry?
- What needs do you see, or what do you see God wanting to accomplish through men’s ministry in the church?
- What do you see as the obstacles or challenges to successful men’s ministry in the church?
- What do you think are the key elements to successful men’s ministry, or what is working and what is not working in the ministry in relation to the men and the church overall?
Goals/Benefits of a Men’s Ministry are to…
- Reach unreached men in our spheres of influence with the gospel of Christ
- Foster/Encourage spiritual growth in men’s lives in Christ
- Involve men in meaningful service
- Develop leaders in the church
- Develop/Identify spiritual mentors
- Strengthen the church and families
- An Effective Men’s Ministry is…
- Spirit-led, Prayer-driven
- Led by called, (and motivated, trained) leaders
- Open to all men –multiple “comfortable” entry points
- Sustained by genuine relationships (with Christ and one another)
- Balanced in terms of outreach, discipleship, missions (to men, by men)
- Supported/Sponsored by an active, involved pastor
- Organized, with well-planned meetings and events
- Well-known and understood because of clear, timely and regular communication
- Integrated in the life and ministry of the local church, not a separate program
Examples of “Comfortable” Relationship- Building Entry Points:
- Golf Outings / Sports Events
- Fishing Tournament / Camping Trip
- Super Bowl Party
- Father/child event
- Establishing Relationships via Hobby
- Monthly/Bi-monthly Men’s Breakfast or Dinner
- Handyman/Service Projects
- Small Group studies; Sunday School Class
- Men’s Conference
Four Cornerstones of a Balanced Men’s Ministry:
- Introducing men to the Lord Jesus and His church
- Instructing men in the gospel and the character/ways of God
- Including men on the path to spiritual maturity
- Invading the world, with men who live “on-mission”
An Organized Men’s Ministry has…
- A foundation built around the four cornerstones. Ministry components and timing that are mapped out. A purpose-driven not event-driven approach.
- A defined timeline and core leadership team for beginning the ministry
- Regular leadership team meetings (monthly or bi-monthly) to pray, assess, seek God’s face, organize, plan, communicate, fellowship.
- A kick-off, a series of initial events and milestones established for Year 1 to see what God does with it.
Leadership Team – Roles
- Men’s Ministry Director
- Pastor/Pastoral staff
- Outreach/evangelism leader
- Discipleship/spiritual growth leader
- Ministry development leader
- Missions leader
Core leaders likely fill multiple roles in beginning phases. Formality is not the important thing, clarity is.