A ministry of any size and location can be effective in reaching men for Christ, provided they follow several basic biblical
principles. An effective men's ministry is:
1. God-centered rather than program-centered.
The greatest need in ministry
to men is to reach men to hear and obey God. When I was playing little league baseball, I remember my coach telling me to
keep my eye on the ball. This is a requirement for being a good hitter. Spiritually speaking, it is easy to take ones eyes
off the ball by relying on a program rather than Jesus Christ. Keep the main thing
the main thing.
ministries develop men who are radically in love with Jesus Christ and committed to
knowing and doing the will of God. The Heavenly Father will reveal Himself to those who love Him, seek Him, and wait
on Him John ,20. In the 90s, the Lord has used Experiencing God
by Henry Blackaby and Claude King to help men to know how to develop a love relationship with Him and how tojoin Him where He is working.
Founded and fueled by prayer.
The need for
men's prayer teams remains constant even though other aspects of
ministry will be constantly changing. Jesus modeled a prayer life for His followers. He must have felt like He was making
some headway with His disciples when He heard them say, Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11:1). So, from the beginning, there
must have been a group of men gathering for prayer on a weekly basis to pray for the needs of their country, their church and
their men's ministry. Jesus taught, that at all times his disciples ought to pray and not to lose heart (Luke 18:1). Men will
grow weary without the supernatural power of the Spirit of God, who grants wisdom, encouragement, and power for ministry to
those who call upon Him.
3. Led by
men who model what they want to see multiplied.
As the leaders go, so goes the ministry. John
says, And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
full of grace and truth, Jesus modeled what He wanted to see multiplied. Men need leaders who are determined to do the same.
men's ministries establish a leadership training
process and do not initiate new ministries until they have men to lead them. Through the leadership training process,
men are equipped for service (Eph. -12) so that the ministry is carried out
by the men themselves.
A written purpose statement for men's ministry should be constructed to reflect a balance between helping men to come
to God, grow in Christ, serve through the church, and go to the world. Thriving
ministries lead men todiscover how they
are uniquely called and shaped by God to live the GreatCommandment (Mark -31) and fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew
28:19-20) in every aspect of their lives. Effective
men's ministries keep the various aspects
of their ministry inter-dependent and mutually supportive; providing a variety of entry points that
make it easy for men to get involved.
relevant.Effective men's ministries find ways to connect with men on their turf. Paul declared, I have become all
things to all men, so that I may by all means save some (I Cor. ). While his presentation of the Gospel never changed,
Paul's methods for delivering
the message were constantly changing. In Iconium, he entered the synagogue to
share the gospel (Acts 14:1). In Philippi, hewent down by the
riverside to fish for souls (Acts ). In Athens,
he strolled down the main street and struck up a conversation about religion with
men gathered on the town square (Acts -34). We must look for new ways
to reach men.
The men of each church and community have different
interests, pressures, schedules, and incomes. Affinity groups (fishing/hunting clubs,
Bible studies, golf events,
single-parent father support groups, etc.) are effective tools for reaching the lost; and for helping men connect with
other men, whom they perceive are like themselves.
by relationships. Believers are not lone rangers. The many "one
another" passages in the Bible tell us that men need each other for
encouragement, accountability, and spiritual growth (Proverbs 27:17; I Thes. ; Romans ; and Hebrew
). A Christian man needs to surround himself with trusted friends, who
will be honest, transparent, and confidential as weaknesses and burdens are shared. Relationships are crucial to building
and maintaining an effective men'sministry because men are far more interested
in relationships than programs.