My heart, soul and mind are just bursting with ideas on how we can reach and disciple 10,000 new men through Church of God LifeBuilders Men’s Ministries. It is possible and it is happening right before our eyes as we see churches everywhere forming powerful local chapters of men’ groups.
So how do we disciple them? So many methods come to mind. Here are a few:
Preaching and Teaching
The age-old starting point for making disciples is the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Don’t overlook or underestimate the power to make disciples from the pulpit. Encourage your pastor to preach sermons with “men in mind.”
Men cannot become disciples apart without Bible study. Pat Morley goes so far as to say that he has never known a single man whose life has changed in any significant way apart from the regular study of God’s Word. Encourage your men to read God’s Word and become involved . For the last 25 years I have read the entire Bible through in one year beginning in January with Genesis and ending up in December with Revelation. It has changed my life.
- Bible studies
- Accountability groups
- Prayer groups
- Share groups
- Men only
- Home groups
- Office groups
Most meaningful change takes place in the context of small group relationships. As men tell their “stories,” the truth of the gospel gets personal as men see the life of Christ lived out in other men.
With this thought in mind let me share the words from Jason Althoff, one of our newest men’s leaders from the Terre Haute (Indiana) Church of God. He is doing a great job of teaching our exciting discipling book for men, titled LifeBuilders Essentials. He e-mailed us recently to share about how he is setting up his weekly men’s discipleship teaching sessions. He says,
“I’m giving an introduction to the Ten for 10,000 program and the three-step model on this Sunday morning, followed by the 12 week course each Sunday for the following 12 Sundays from July 12 – Sept 27. I have set it up as an interactive class, utilizing all materials, multimedia available to me through the program…lessons, PowerPoint’s, videos, appendices….in addition to this, the Lord has commissioned me to draw on some experience I have and some advice the material presents about it being best taught one on one. Well, with 14 in the class, it will hardly be one on one, however, I have set up that there will be seven groups of two (He sent them out by two’s!) for accountability partnerships or journey relationships, for the duration of the course. This will work to get the men engaging at least one other brother during the week to go over the lesson, encourage one another, and most importantly to pray for each other, the lesson, the class, and men’s discipleship in general at our local assembly. Lastly, I have set up that each week, one man will be assigned to present his own topic related to the week’s lesson that the Lord gives him while studying. It can be whatever they want, but related to the topic in the lesson, and it will be five minutes or so for them to talk… This makes the class a lot more personal in a classroom setting and keeps the men accountable on a weekly basis while we are not in the classroom. I have obviously also included that I will be available during the week for anyone needing one on one support.”
We think Jason has the right idea. Remember that “relationship is the task” and that men grow when they are in relationship with and accountable to other Godly men. Are you teaching LifeBuilders Essentials to your men? Would you consider doing it soon?
Also, we are adding more great study materials to our men’s curriculum. Soon we have two new (new to us that is!) discipleship study courses for stages one and two (that is Walking With Christ and Living for Christ.) Also, we are adding a study course in apologetics to help men be better witnesses for Jesus.
Thank you for all you are doing to help reach, win and disciple men. It is some of the most exciting and gratifying work I have ever done. I am honored to labor with other servants like you. We call ourselves B.U.M.S. which stands for: Brothers, United together, Ministers and Servants. Thank God for BUMS!
Blessings on you!
Leonard C. Albert