By Les McMahan and Jim Boscaljon, co-directors of Alliance Men’s Ministries
“I have an idea!” Have you ever heard anyone say that? Chances are you have said it a thousand times or someone you know has said it. The idea never seems to pan out, in the majority of those instances because it usually isn’t practical, it costs too much, you forget about it, or it just isn’t very good.
As I Googled the definition of idea, the first two definitions that came up were:
a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action
the aim or purpose
Men’s Ministry is filled with thoughts and suggestions about courses of action. As a matter of fact, you probably have many brothers that like to provide their courses of action to take and you have a file full of thoughts. Sometimes you would rather have more action than thoughts, suggestions, or possibilities. There probably isn’t one thought or suggestion that works in every church, in every situation or in every men’s ministry.
I really like the second definition - the aim or purpose. Like the quote made famous during a Saturday Night Live skit - ‘That’s the ticket!’- you need to ask yourself, “What is the big idea of our men’s ministry? What is the aim or purpose?” Have you settled that? It is kind of hard to set a course of action when you haven’t settled the aim or purpose? Only you can decide that for your ministry. I would suggest that you settle the big idea first, then work to fulfill what God is calling you to do.
The biggest and best ideas for a Men’s Ministry is to have men follow Jesus and do what God is asking of them. What that looks like in your context is that course of action mentioned above. The Bible is filled with stories of how men fulfilled God’s calling on their lives. Maybe their stories will spur some Ideas for your ministry, as you consider if God is calling you to:
Step out even when it doesn’t make the most sense. Abram did in Genesis 12:1-4.
Slow down and think about things instead of reacting in an exciting moment or a current situation. Peter didn’t have the best of ideas in an exciting moment in Matthew 17:4.
Build and pack them in through unconventional methods and with His resources. Noah had to build a boat and watch everyone pair up in Genesis 6-7.
Resource someone else’s temple project, as David did with Solomon in 2 Chronicles 5-6.
Pray and lay out some plans for those unusual opportunities that present themselves. Nehemiah rebuilt some walls based on that method in Nehemiah 1:4 - 6:15.
Be a light right where you are. Joseph spoke up whether he was in jail or the palace in Genesis 40-41.
Be an example while you can then pass the mantle. Elijah did that in 2 Kings 2:1-10.
Learn first, and then pick up the mantle. Elisha did that in 2 Kings 2:11-14.
Respond to a vision He has given you. Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:1-8.
Pick some friends, cross-cultural barriers, and make an impact in the nations. Paul and his friends changed the world in Romans 16:1-16.