To have effective men’s ministry, it is helpful to understand some of the characteristics of men. Here are some observations:
- Generally, for men space equals safety; and intimacy equals threat. In other words, many men are terrified about expressing their feelings to other men.
- Men communicate by asking questions.
- Men have tunnel vision. They are looking for specific solution. Men just want to get the job done.
- Men tend to put higher moral standards.
- Men tend to express their emotion by anger and sexual response (toward their wives, that is).
Here are some practical applications for men’s ministry:
- Keep it simple.
- Be intentional about discipleship-making, because some of the men you would invest will become prospect leader-in-training.
- Don’t force intimacy.
- Provide hands-on and physical work projects (cleaning/remodeling/painting church building, mission trips, etc.)
- Have special activity just for men – e.g., play sports, etc.