Building A Great Men’s Ministry (Part 1)

2 May

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Does your church have a men’s ministry?

If you do, is it thriving? If you don’t, do you wish that you had one?

I am by no means an expert, but I have been a part of a number of churches over the years and have seen a number of men’s ministries from the inside and the outside. Here are some of the common ingredients to the good ones that I’ve seen throughout the years…

Naming The Group

To be honest, this has little to do with the actual inner-workings and effectiveness of your group, but it does help in spreading the word if you have a catchy name. Branding is important, and the best men’s ministries I’ve seen have big, bold, manly names. Usually, a good rule of thumb is to incorporate a military or athletic metaphor or term. A few real examples that I have seen: “Top Gun”, “Cohorts”, “Iron Men”, “Fight Club”, and “Band of Brothers”… Be sure that you get creative, but don’t get too schlocky or you will turn people off.

Some churches skip the whole naming thing and just go with something generic like “[Fill in the blank with the church name] Men” or simply, “The Men’s Group”, but I think they do this at their detriment. If you where invited by two separate people, to two separate men’s groups, which sounds more compelling: “The Men’s Group” or “Band of Brothers”?

If you are in need of a good name, check out this post.

Planning The Spread

I highly recommend building a food component onto your man gathering. This makes it a really easy sell when you are inviting your church members, friends, and neighbors. Don’t make food THE reason for the event, but be sure to emphasize that there will be food if you want to draw in the men. I really, really like food, and I particularly like food spreads that are prepared with my stomach in mind (read: lots of meat).

If you are meeting in the morning, make sure that you have lots and lots of bacon, eggs, cheesy potatoes, and pancakes (pancakes are the only semi-difficult breakfast item on the breakfast spread, and there are usually pretty straightforward instructions on the box). If you are meeting during lunch or dinner time, grill out. Play to your strengths and be sure to cook lots and lots of meat (always being aware of and sensitive to particular dietary restrictions in your group of course). Costco/Sam’s Club are great when you need to buy bacon in absurd quantities. Also be sure that you take a free-will donation so that the church doesn’t get slammed with the cost. Usually you can make some impressive amount of food for only a few bucks a head.

For more help in this area, I will be featuring some of my men’s group’s classic recipes in the upcoming weeks for “Mouth-Watering Wednesdays” posts.

Spreading The Word

You can have the world’s greatest men’s ministry, but if no one knows about it (and as a result, don’t come), then how are people going to grow and be blessed? Yes, a couple sentences in the church bulletin and an entry on the calendar are a good place to start, but you can’t stop there…

Get creative! One Sunday a few months back, my pastor actually cooked up some bacon-wrapped cinnamon rolls and distributed them during the middle of the  service to all the men that hadn’t come to group before. The smell of that food during the sermon was a far better advertisement for our group than any blurb in the bulletin!

Get personal! It will take a lot more work than a sweeping announcement, but I would strongly encourage you to individually invite every man in your church. I am far more likely to try out a new restaurant or see a new movie if my friend endorses it than if I see a generic advertisement for it on the internet. Connect with people that have never come before and make a point to emphasize how much they personally are invited and would be enjoyed at your gathering.

Get wide! Go for all the demographics of men in your church: singles, marrieds, dads, teenagers (assuming that they are willing to be mature enough to participate in a constructive way), senior citizens, patriarchs, and new Christians. Everyone. Having a broad range of attendees means that you have a broad range of insights, you get a chance to meet men you might not have otherwise developed relationships with, and you can plant the seeds of mentorship. If ministry is happening, don’t keep it to yourself! Always be open to visitors. One of the coolest things about my church’s men’s group, is that we have men from multiple other churches who have joined our fellowship. Rather than being separated by denominational loyalties, we are seeking Jesus together.

I would also recommend setting up a Facebook group for the sake of organizing your gatherings, sharing prayer needs, sharing helpful resources, and being able to communicate updates quickly.

That’s all I’m going to cover for now, but stay tuned for Part 2 next week when I start to look at the nitty gritty details of effective fellowship in men’s groups…

What is your men’s group called? What is your favorite men’s breakfast item? How do you get the word out about your group? Share in the comments below!

Dave continues the series.  Check a link to read more…  Part 2, and Part 3.

-Dave W0nders

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Yes, “David Wonders” is his real name. Dave is  a husband, a father, and the midday host at 104.3 The Pulse (thepulse.mn). Somehow he finds time to read absurd numbers of books.  Connect with Dave on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Klout.

16 Responses to “Building A Great Men’s Ministry (Part 1)”

  1. For the Love of God May 2, 2013 at 17:50 #

    All amazing ideas and some I know Ive never thought about. When we did ministry in Germany it was great. Definetley something I have been lacking the last 4 and half years. Right on my soapbox Dave!

    • For the Love of God May 2, 2013 at 17:51 #

      Oh in regard to teenage men being included, a key for intergenerational ministry. They will only be as mature as the church treats them.

      • More Than A Beard May 3, 2013 at 08:21 #

        I remember being an older teen (around 18) who went to a men’s breakfast and I was the youngest guy there by more than a decade. I tried to connect and be a part of things but no one made an effort to interact with me, chat, etc. Needless to say that I never went back.

  2. Tyler Pehoski May 3, 2013 at 20:34 #

    Regarding the naming of your group: Your 4th example of a name would be a group that you couldn’t spread the word around given the rules associated with that name and thus very difficult to do the whole “spread the word” part of promotion.

  3. Lance Osborn March 4, 2014 at 13:02 #

    It appears that this is an older post but would you still be willing to brainstorm ideas for a men’s ministry name? Our Church is Brady Lane Church and the youth group already took the idea of the Brady Bunch.

    • gdavidboyd March 7, 2014 at 21:09 #

      I didn’t write the article, but here are some thoughts…
      1. Surf the web and find some names of groups already being used. Goggle will definitely help you with that. Here are a few ideas: Ironworks, GridIron, Companions, Journeymen, Mosaic, Squadron…
      2. Brainstorm with a group of men who are involved and care about the ministry.
      3. Pick something that identifies with a key value of your passion for the group.
      4. Remember that although a “rose by any other name” may not be as sweet, a name is not the central part of your effectiveness. Name it what you will, and focus on the essentials.

      I hope this helps Lance. Feel free to continue the conversation.

  4. Kenny Johnson April 27, 2014 at 19:25 #

    Looking for a name for our men’s group. I like to include something that uses THE KING of KINGDOM. I love the name FOR THE LOVE OF GOD but that’s already being used.

  5. Revel Pillay August 21, 2014 at 11:01 #

    We started a men’s ministry at church and I’ve been nominated to lead the above mentioned. Now we are looking for a name . Some male, catchy and mind thinking . Please help.

    • gdavidboyd August 21, 2014 at 13:15 #

      Revel,
      Check out my response above for some ways to find a name for your group.
      David

    • Raymond Grim February 15, 2015 at 19:12 #

      Men and Meat

  6. akinlayo akinade January 5, 2017 at 03:27 #

    Thanks for your posts which are revealing and inspiring to me who has just been appointed to lead a men’s fellowship in my local church in Nigeria.I need more resources i can lay my hands on if u can recommend some to me.
    I also could not find your articles on focus and discipleship as key elements for a successful men’s ministry.Pls help me to send those articles in my email inbox.Am in Nigeria.

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