3 Biblical Purposes of Men’s Ministry

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3 Biblical Purposes of Men’s Ministry

Knowing the several purposes of Men’s Ministry is a vital part of building a ministry that matters, and really makes a difference for Christ!

Have you ever had a big ministry event or launched a new church ministry, and later wondered to yourself, “why did we do that”? After all, not every ministry effort is a success.

We do things in the ministry for many different reasons, and even though our motives may be in the right place, that doesn’t always translate into successful ministry.

What is the biblical measure of ministry success anyway? Shouldn’t that be the primary consideration as we identify the purpose of any ministry?

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Of course, we want your Men’s Ministry to be GREAT, and have a tremendous impact on your men, their families, your church, and your community, for Christ!

It is here that you have to identify your WHY!

If the purpose of your Men’s Ministry is for church growth, or to “empower your men”, then you are already off track.

Will a Men’s Ministry grow your church? It might. Will it empower your men? Empower them to do what?

There IS a biblically significant purpose for Men’s Ministry in your church. It could be stated in many different ways and has been by different leaders. It is vital that you have the purpose of your ministry identified and focused.

So, here we can give you some insight into the biblical purposes of Men’s Ministry, but feel free to change and adapt these ideas, in a way that fits YOUR ministry at church.

1. To Follow the Calling of Jesus

Matthew 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

As you consider the purposes of Men’s Ministry, consider that when Jesus began his public ministry, he almost immediately began calling certain men to be his disciples. It started with two brothers, Peter and Andrew.

This process continued as he developed his core of twelve disciples, and started teaching them and leading them to become all that God intended them to be, and to accomplish all that God had planned in His will for them.

By the way, the number of men in your ministry is not the measure of success.

Far too often we gauge the success by measuring the number of people involved. However, Jesus started with only two brothers.

If the number of people involved with a ministry is the measure of success, then the cults may actually have us beat! It’s a good thing that is not the measure.

Whether you have five men, or fifty, you can have a dynamic, successful, and thriving Men’s Ministry!

Jesus called his disciples to follow Him and told them that he would make them into fishers of men. He would lead them, teach them, and show them, their God-given purpose.

Building a Men’s Ministry in your church is about following the calling of Jesus. It is about being fishers men. That takes time and consistent effort.

2. To Follow the Command of Jesus

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

In reality, every ministry of the church is an endeavor to fulfill the great commission given to us by Jesus Christ Himself. His last command is should be our highest priority. The purposes of Men’s Ministry must revolve around this lone mission, given to the church.

Biblical manhood is more than just Christian masculinity, it is about becoming the men that God created us to be. For that, we need only to look at the Lord Jesus himself!

We all realize that while Jesus was the perfect example of a man, none of us are perfect. Far from it.

However, leading men to Christ is the greatest purpose of all.

Often times we think of the mission field as a faraway place rather than our own backyard. As a ministry of the local church, the Men’s Ministry should be all about supporting the church in its effort to fulfill the great commission.

Reaching men for Christ, leading them to Christ, and teaching/discipling them in the Word of God is a powerful biblical purpose!

Sinful men cannot become biblical men without first coming to Christ for salvation by grace through faith. That must also be followed by the infusion of the Word of God into their heart and life. THAT is a powerful combination for transforming power.

Doing this in a Men’s Ministry environment is a dynamic and effective way to approach men with their need for God, and help them to build God into their everyday lives.

3. To Follow The Compassion of Jesus

It is said of Jesus in Matthew 9:36 “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

Another of the primary purposes of men’s ministry is to follow the compassion of Christ. For the most part, most men have abandoned the church as irrelevant and useless.

This is happening for a lot of different reasons, and sin is the primary reason. However, far too often in the modern church movement, we have centered our ministries around women, teenagers, and children.

It becomes more obvious when you attend the average contemporary church service and hear the constant love songs about Jesus sang one after another. It is like a big romance that is trying to draw the people into a deeper love.

Yes, people need to love God. Without a doubt, it is a high priority. But men, in general, are driven away from that romantic church environment. They see it as effeminate. Before you start thinking that it’s their problem if they don’t like it, consider how recent and modern this problem really is.

There was virtually no music at all in the New Testament church, and it was far from dead. It was more alive than almost all churches today. Yet today, we want to act as if praise bands and love songs in the church have been around all along.

Jesus had compassion and understanding that the people were like sheep without a shepherd. Today we have huge ministries, and churches that want to be like those huge ministries, that are leaving most men behind, often without even realizing it.

Men don’t need nurture, they need truth and accountability. They want answers and solutions for the things that really matter in life. The need God the Father to be a real force in their life, and they need someone that is a mature man of God that is willing to lead them.

A Men’s Ministry that has compassion for men, is having compassion for their family too. Understanding that their families are greatly benefitted when men become biblical men. Nothing is more compassionate than that.

The New Testament speaks often of Christianity being like a soldier in a battle, or a man in a race. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are inherently masculine, but the culture in which we live wants to become gender neutral, gender sensitive, or gender flexible.

The purposes of Men’s Ministry will be completely compassionate, and full of biblical truth, and brotherly love.

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