What is the purpose of a ministry to men?

Posted: 2011 12 07 by Paul S in Biblical manhood, Discipleship, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity, Ministry, Relationship

 

 

 

I sat down today intending to write about “Christian Dating” as I know some of our single readers are asking questions about how to date in modern culture and not go against Christian teaching. For you guys, I’ve got a book to recommend: Hero: Becoming the Man She Desires I have not finished this, but it’s a good place for all of us to start (and some of us to go back too). Instead of worrying about dating, worry about becoming a strong Christian man, and the rest will come into place if God has that in His plan for you. I’ll talk more on this soon.

While getting started writing the aforementioned post, I couldn’t stop battling with a question that has been brought to me repeatedly over the last few weeks. “What is the purpose of a ‘men’s ministry’?” or “Why do we need a ‘men’s ministry’?” I want to answer this to a certain degree.

We need a men’s ministry because the Church needs men who will minister to their families, communities, and workplaces.

Saying that is an easy thing, but the question is, “How does a men’s ministry fill this need?” With intentionality. The problem is that the vast majority of men’s ministries are one of two things, breakfast clubs or rogue groups. When becoming part of a men’s ministry, either as a participant or a leader, you must ask, “How does this ministry expand or support the vision of Christ for the Church and the pastor for the local church? If the answer is that it doesn’t, you are in a rogue ministry or a breakfast club.

 

I propose that all of us spend some time evaluating ministries we are involved in. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What is the purpose of this ministry?
  • What is the lead pastor’s vision of the men of this church and how does this ministry build on it? How does this para-church ministry help to expand and strengthen God’s Church?
  • What can I do within this ministry to better follow my pastor’s vision or strengthen the Church?

If you are having difficulties answering these, talk to the leadership of the ministry. If they can’t answer these questions… it might be time to move on.

So back to intentional men’s ministry. I believe that Men’s ministry should do a few key things.

1) Reclaim the masculine role model shown by Jesus in scripture. A powerful man who was unashamed and unapologetic of His God, to the point of giving His life for God’s plan and God’s family.

2) Teach men how to be disciples, followers of Jesus Christ, and leaders in their homes, communities, and Church; living Christian lives 24/7/365.

3) Help men to grow strong in God’s Word, clearly showing the indwelt spirit in their relationships, actions, and being.

4) Raise men up and send them out to follow the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”(Matt 28:19)

I believe that if a men’s ministry is not doing these things, it is failing to do what Jesus showed us as an example in His ministry. While not a men’s ministry specifically, Jesus’ life and ministry taught all of the 4 above points shouldn’t we?

Comments
  1. jelillie says:

    I would add that a men’s ministry should not be a “para-church” organization. Our churches need to be intentional about raising up and supporting men’s ministries which submit to the church’s authority.

    • Paul S says:

      Well, I agree with everything you said except that there shouldn’t be para-church men’s ministries. If that is true, then Hardcore Christian Men shouldn’t exist. I believe that there is an important place for para-church ministries. As a para-church ministry, HCM and others are under the Church (big C) but not the local church, which can allow for more openness and less culturally influenced ministry…or it could mean the opposite. That is why I think it is impotant to ask the questions I mentioned. If the ministry is not strengthening the Church for God, it needs to go. (Just so you know, Chris and I also pour into our local church ministries, hopefully bringing some of what we talk about here to the local church.)

  2. Kevin says:

    Nice post. I must say, in the form of a question, how many men have left church because they felt they had no place there or anything to help them grow in thier relationship with the Lord? I myself want to feel like I am in a place where I have a purpose and to be a part of things bigger than myself and greater than myself. That is what Christ called us to do to be a part of something greater than ourselves and our own desires. It is a struggle because a lack of mentorship and accountability that having true Christian men friends and men’s ministry brings. I agree there is a need for men’s ministry to help men get back in church and to grow and become what God called them to be and not what the world seems to dictate they should be. Thank you for the post. Just Kevin.

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