RamboPreacher wrote: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.
Shellie wrote:I know it's not men's ministry, but why not start "men's ministry" a little younger. Imagine what kind of men we could "raise" if we started earlier.
In our state, we are having the first ever "BLUE", Boys Living the Ultimate Experience conference for boys ages 14-18. The entire weekend is focused on ministering to this age and gender.
Likewise....last year we had our first ever "PINK", Princesses in need of a King. Girls ages 14-18. We will have our second one this year.
Anyway, I know it's not exactly what you guys were talking about, but I thought you would enjoy hearing about it.
kurt73 wrote:I forgot, we call the group "The BOMB" Bomb meaning Body Of Men Believing. I even do a monthly newsletter called "The BOMB" and if you like a copy of it just PM me and I'll email a copy to you.
I like that, "The BOMB". I really like that. Is it alright if we use that for our church? I would also love to see your newsletter.
I am enjoying everyone's ideas. We have very few men in our church. Out of our 40-50 I think I can almost count the men with both hands and that is it.
We definitely need a mens group started in our church. Keep the suggestions comingkurt73 wrote:I forgot, we call the group "The BOMB" Bomb meaning Body Of Men Believing. I even do a monthly newsletter called "The BOMB" and if you like a copy of it just PM me and I'll email a copy to you.
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