we also are skipping our monthly meeting in December, and will be having a Christmas party in January at a local bowling ally.
I had a very long conversation with Mark Menke about men's ministry when he came to our regional men's retreat a few years back.
in short, I was getting disappointed that there was no growth after half a year or so and that in fact, the initial enthusiasm was gone and there was fewer guys faithfully coming. I had a heart to heart with him and wanted to be sure if there was something I was doing wrong, and if someone else was better for the job, and I could just participate.
the bottom line is that what I was experiencing for the starting up of a men's ministry was pretty typical, as he had experienced and knew about from his position. He said that it can take a year or more, and though there are exceptions, a mens ministry starting from scratch will typically take over a year to get any kind of established foundation.
our group now has every active church attending man attend our meetings, at least once in a while, and most of them attend each month. we also have visitors nearly every month as they bring their friends. the younger guys are especially good at this.