Why Men's Ministry?

Be Strong and Courageous:

We believe it is in the heart of God for men to be strong and courageous.

How often have we heard of men who relinquish their responsibilities because life has taken a turn for the worse; a wife or child is afflicted with a severe illness, or there is a financial crisis in their family? God would say, “Be strong and courageous” but weak willed men respond, “I can’t deal with this it is too hard, I’m out of here”. Our ministry to men is arming and empowering them to deal with these life issues.

                                                                                              

2 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

6 Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124

Men are in need of assurance that God is for them and not against them; He has a good plan for their lives and the lives entrusted to their care. In a world that seems so full of trials and tribulations men need encouragement to know God has a good plan a plan with a future and a hope not based on human knowledge or initiative but on God. Men need to pray because their future belongs to God and work as if it depends on them. Prayer is the power that moves the hands of God. Married men should know the power that is available to them when they pray daily with their wives and the responsibility that they have to pray a blessing over their children every day; Engaging their children in prayer is the key to building a faith foundation in the life of their children. Men be strong and courageous and be admonished by the words of 2 Timothy 2:1-3.


1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

There is a church where the men comprise 70% of the intercessors group (and have their own intercessors group besides).  They are 75% of the worship team; teach more than half of the children’s classes, and males make up 56% of the congregation.  In the last 12 months these men (not the Pastor) planned and led 5 outreaches to the community.  A snowmobile picnic which had 14 unchurched guests, a fishing derby where one man shared a detailed testimony and 6 men shared their personal faith with the friend they had brought, a community youth outreach that saw over 400 teens participate over the summer and 80 heard the gospel for the first time, a bi-monthly prayer and share for corrections officers and a janitor sought and received permission to lead an after hours Bible study at the factory where he worked.  In addition weekly reports are made of praying by the side of the truck; calls come to the Pastor seeking counsel for other men and men bring covered dishes they prepared to the monthly fellowship dinner.  What does this church have?  Men’s Ministry!

If the above paragraph does not describe, at least in some part, the general actions and participation levels of men in your congregation, perhaps you need Men’s Ministry.  What is Men’s Ministry?  Hard to say for certain but I will give it a try.  When God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden, man was given work and instruction which included, tend, care for, subdue and exercise dominion.  Men’s Ministry is the effort of men working together to accept and restore the value and position that God placed on manhood.  It is at opposition to a society that says men are stubborn, clueless, refuse to ask for directions, dumber than their teenagers and insensitive to the needs of women.  A society that paints us as big boys seeking, in the words of Tom T. Hall, “Faster Horses, Younger Women, Older Whiskey and More Money.”  It is the place and duty of the church to provide such an atmosphere that men realize their worth, calling and duty in the eyes of God.

Men’s Ministry appears to be the most labor intensive, slowest growing, least productive ministry that leaders can give themselves to.  However consider these concepts.  Godly men, do not as a rule, divorce their wives, leave their children, steal from their employer and any number of other things that create headaches for the pastor.  And by the way, men tithe on the paycheck, not the weekly grocery allowance.  The truth is that every hour invested in men will result in significantly more time not dedicated to counseling, comforting and consoling broken families.  Why is that?  Men are by nature mister fix-it.  They truly desire excellence and will go to great lengths to achieve it even when they are the problem.  Our challenge as leaders is to present them with a plan that will lead them to the right fix, Jesus.

One of the most often asked questions is “Why men’s ministry?”
Our society has diluted, dispar­aged and desecrated the role of men in the family, in the community and often even in the church. Just think of the advertisements and the programs that are seen on TV.  The man is made to look like the fool, the idiot who doesn’t know his right from his left—certainly not a person who should be the leader and guide for his family. This may be the profile the world would like to project but God’s design is much loftier than what we are being fed by the media and the entertain­ment industry. God cre­ated men to be the lead­ers, providers, defenders and mentors to their wives and their children. God forbid that the church should accept the anemic character given to men by those who would like to undermine their God-given role.

It is the desire of Elim Men’s Ministry Department to assist pastors in developing men of valor for Elim Fellowship churches, men who have the character, integrity and purity of Christ. Webster’s dictionary defines “valor” as “courage and bravery, especially in battle”. Most men are aware of the battle that we are currently in. Not the one being fought in the Middle East but the one being fought every day in our homes, our marriages, for our children, at our places of business, and even in our churches. God is calling you and me to look to our Commander-in-Chief and to receive our marching orders from Him in order to be victorious men of God in our genera­tion.  He is calling us to pick up the weapons He has given us and begin to fight both the flesh and the devil to become over­comers in His Kingdom. Our prayer for you is that you would be encour­aged and challenged in your walk of faith to become a Man of Valor.

Our men’s conferences and retreats can be a time to re-establish your relationship with Christ and become prepared for all of the battles that lie ahead. Whether you are a new recruit with the Lord or a seasoned veteran, you can be changed by His presence and challenged by His Word. We face daily the crisis of the salmon which, in order to reproduce, must swim against the current.  They reach their goal by tenacity and perseverance. They face many dangers and hardships and there are casualties along the way but they don’t fail for lack of effort.  They are equipped by God to accomplish His plan and purpose. Men, we too are equipped by God. His favor is upon us and His grace is sufficient for us to accomplish his foreordained plan, which for us is to be conformed into the image of Jesus.  Our assignment is to make disciples of all nations. 

 




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