How to Start a Men’s Ministry

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Do you want to start a Men’s Ministry? Jesus started with only 12 men. 

I bet you will agree that most churches today are not doing a very good job of reaching and retaining men.

It seems that many churches have disengaged and become too passive. There just isn’t much going on that confronts men with their need for Christ in the average American church.

Somebody has to take the lead on this in your church! Since you are the one that is reading this article, perhaps you are the one to get it done.

Take your time going through this post, we have taken the time to provide you with an abundance of information and recommended resources.

You may even want to bookmark it now so you can come back to for future reference later.

We highly recommend that you also check out our article “7 Best Men’s Ministry Mission Statement Ideas

START HERE: A great, short video (2 minutes) on how to start a men’s group.

So, you want to start a life-changing men’s ministry at your church? Being the ministry leader of a Men’s Small Group at church, Men’s Bible study, or any other format of men’s ministry is incredibly rewarding, full of purpose, and definitely worth it.

There are plenty of great resources for Men’s Ministry leaders, and it’s worth the small investment to gather some of those valuable resources together. They will help ensure an effective Men’s Ministry.

Whether you are the pastor or a volunteer leader, you will find a great deal of joy and satisfaction in an effective men’s ministry approach to teaching, discipling, mentoring, and encouraging men to be all that God created them to be.

This FREE Fast Start Guide from Active Manhood was written to help you think through some of the details of launching or revitalizing a men’s ministry at your church. We hope that you will find it helpful.

Getting Started
We have listed below the “7 Best Steps to Powerful Men’s Ministry”.

Each step listed here is intended as a guide. Your own approach may vary a bit, and we want to encourage you to make it work for you, and your own church culture.

So feel free to adapt and change your approach as you see fit, using this as a guideline.

The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

That is the purpose of Men’s Ministry! So having a plan, and approaching this with purpose and direction is both wise and biblical. We want you to succeed long-term in this God-given endeavor, and truly make a difference for Christ.

Before we get into each of the steps, we want you to consider for a moment, the gravity of such a ministry.

Reaching into the hearts and lives of men with powerful biblical truths will impact their families, their church, the businesses that they work for, and the community in which they live.

With that in mind, we strongly urge you to take this seriously. This is not about church growth, it is about having a tremendous impact for Christ right where you live!

Now, let’s consider:

1. Make the decision to launch or improve your men’s ministry at church.

Perhaps you are reading this guide because you are still in the consideration phase as you decide whether or not to start or revitalize your men’s ministry.

We think it’s great that you would do that, and give it some serious prayer and consideration.

In all actuality, it is much easier to start a new ministry, than to sustain it and make it work for the long run. So we challenge you to give it some time, and a great deal of prayer, if you are still trying to decide.

Here are some important factors to consider when making this decision:

  • Is there a committed and mature Christian man, who has a good reputation, that is willing to lead this ministry?

It’s fine if you are the pastor and want to head up this ministry, but keep in mind that it will take up some of your time, so at some point you should consider passing this off to another man for leadership under your direction if you can.

  • Is there a need in your church for this type of ministry?

The obvious answer is most likely yes. However, that is not always the case.

It all depends on the group of men that are involved in your church. How many are there? How old are they? These types of questions may help you discern the viability of having a ministry that is devoted to developing biblical men.

Once you have made the decision that having a men’s ministry would be beneficial and that you are going to take the next step, then this guide will help step you through the process.

2. Decide on a launch or re-launch date.

Now it’s time to get serious and start making some commitments. Get your calendar out, and start praying and considering when the best date would be to announce and launch your new Men’s Ministry.

There are several things to take into consideration when selecting these dates. Starting at the wrong time of year could have a negative impact on participation, so carefully consider the balance and flow of people’s schedules and your already busy church calendar.

The holiday season from October through December is probably not the best time of year to get started for obvious reasons. Your men’s schedules will quickly be filling up with holiday activities during that season, so consider some other options.

Also, keep in mind that from June through August many families take vacations since the kids are out of school. This does not mean that you can’t launch during this time of year, but keep in mind that the guys will be in and out of church during the Summer, and so your numbers will probably run low.

Another thing to consider is that when you start a Bible Study Series, it would be smart to plan a new series around the time of your launch. So, if you don’t want your guys missing any of those Bible studies, then consider starting at a time when there is nothing that will interrupt their participation.

So, that leaves January through May as an ideal time to get things started. Starting right will go a long way to keeping men involved, even during the other busier seasons. Once they get plugged in, if you do things right they won’t want to miss unless they just can’t avoid it, even during the holidays.

3. Choose your meeting location and regular schedule (weekly or monthly)

This is a very important point. How often will this ministry meet? Some churches can sustain a weekly small group of men, while others do better with a monthly Bible Study. It really is up to you, but it’s an important factor to consider before you launch.

There are many different formats that you can choose from and still have a thriving men’s ministry. Here are some example ideas and potential options for a meeting location and schedule:

  • A weekly Friday night Men’s Bible Study in your home.
  • A weekly mid-week small-group type Men’s Bible Study, in the evening, at home or church.
  • A weekly Sunday morning Men’s Adult Bible Class (Sunday School hour)
  • A monthly Men’s Ministry night at your church
  • A monthly Men’s Ministry breakfast (either at church or a local restaurant with a private room).

Whatever option you decide will work best for you, the important thing here is to decide, and then stick to it. Once the decision has been made to have a Men’s Ministry, choosing when and where is a critical decision because changing it later can be complicated.

We recommend that you stick to the original time and place once you decide, and keep it for at least a year before you consider making any necessary adjustments.

Weekly Meetings

Having weekly meetings for your men is best for a consistent spiritual developing, and building strong relationships. This gives the opportunity to provide 52 lessons on Biblical Manhood each year. That can have a powerful impact on every man that is involved.

Monthly Meetings

While weekly meetings are ideal, having a Men’s Ministry that meets once a month might be an option if you are limited on resources or leadership that can oversee a more frequent meeting.

4. Decide on your meeting format.

What will your Men’s Ministry meetings look like? What happens when the guys first show up for the meeting? Is there food available at every meeting, or just coffee and water? Will there be singing at each meeting, and if so how many songs?

These are questions you should think through before you launch or even announce that there is a new Men’s Ministry at your church. The format matters A LOT!

While there are many things to decide on the format, like how to set up the chairs, who lead the songs, or how long the meeting should be, there is one thing that is not negotiable, teaching the Bible!

At every meeting, the group leader should have a well planned and methodical approach to teaching Bible lessons designed for men. It’s true that the entire Bible applies to everyone, there is a distinction between the biblical roles of men and women.

Your Bible lessons should emphasize that distinction, and encourage, equip, and educate men in biblical manhood at every meeting.

Men today are starving for it! The lines of gender have been blurred and blended by our ungodly culture, and men are dying for spiritual nourishment that will feed their thirsty souls!

So that should be an indispensable part of every meeting you have.

5. Pick a name for your group if you don’t already have one.

This step is probably the least important but should be seriously considered. Men have a natural desire to belong to a tribe, a club, or a brotherhood. Selecting a name that will help them identify with your Men’s Ministry can go a long way towards accomplishing that.

Of course, having a name for your men’s group is just one of the steps, and you may be tempted to skip it. We suggest you don’t. Come up with a name that expresses and identifies your purpose, and establishes your goals.

Here are some ideas:

  • Master’s Men
  • Mighty Men’s Ministry
  • Men with a Mission
  • Men on Target
  • The King’s Men

6. Promote the men’s ministry group, use your new logo/graphics/social media.

Now that you have decided to launch or revitalize your men’s ministry, and hopefully come up with a name, it’s time to promote it. Don’t let anyone tell you that promotion, of itself, is unspiritual. It can be if you let it, but keep in mind that your motive here is a VERY spiritual one!

Remember, these are all just suggestions but stacked on each other, these steps will build a dynamic ministry launch.

Announce it in the church bulletin, on the screen, and in social media, about 45 Days before kick off. Then keep a steady countdown of promotions until the launch day. It would also be a good idea to have a way for men to enroll or sign up so you can get an idea of how many you will be starting with.

This is not about marketing or selling your new church program, this is about enlisting men into a vitally needed men’s group that can have a radical impact on their lives, and a ripple effect in their families, and across the entire church, and beyond.

Who knows what the Lord will do with a group of saved Christian men that join together for prayer, teaching, and support from one another. Some may end up involved with missions or surrendering to full-time ministry. Some may experience dramatic changes as the Holy Spirit and the Word of God are invested in their life.

Consider those powerful possibilities as you promote your new ministry.

Here are some free resources that may help you out:

7. Get your Bible Lessons for men in order!

Decide on a Bible Study Lesson Series that is geared right at men.

One of the reasons that men are so disengaged from the church in our modern culture, is because the church has often left them behind by not connecting with them through solid teaching that addresses their specific needs.

Of course, that is a time-consuming task to come up with all of those Bible study lessons yourself, and that can often become overwhelming pretty quick.

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