A Word on Men’s Ministry

To have effective men’s ministry, it is helpful to understand some of the characteristics of men. Here are some observations:

  1. Generally, for men space equals safety; and intimacy equals threat. In other words, many men are terrified about expressing their feelings to other men.
  2. Men communicate by asking questions.
  3. Men have tunnel vision. They are looking for specific solution. Men just want to get the job done.
  4. Men tend to put higher moral standards.
  5. 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:

  1. Keep it simple.
  2. Be intentional about discipleship-making, because some of the men you would invest will become prospect leader-in-training.
  3. Don’t force intimacy.
  4. Provide hands-on and physical work projects (cleaning/remodeling/painting church building, mission trips, etc.)
  5. Have special activity just for men – e.g., play sports, etc.

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