committed to knowing and doing God's will. The Heavenly Father reveals Himself to those who love Him, seek Him and obey Him (John 14:23).

Founded On And Fueled By Prayer. Jesus modeled a prayer life for His followers. He must have felt that He was making progress with His disciples when He heard them say, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1,). So from the beginning, a group of men must gather for prayer weekly to pray for the needs of their church and especially for the needs of their Men's Ministry. Jesus taught, "At all times" His disciples "ought to pray and not to lose heart: (Luke 18:1,). Men grow weary without the supernatural power of the Spirit of God, who grants wisdom, encouragement and power for ministry to those who call on Him. The need for a men's prayer team remains constant even though other aspects of Men's Ministry constantly change.

Led By Men Who Model What They Want To See Multiplied. As the leaders go, so goes the ministry. John 1:14 says, "The Word became only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth". Jesus modeled what He wanted to see multiplied. Each man’s group needs leaders who do the same. Healthy men's groups establish a leader-training process and do not initiate new ministries until they have men prepared to lead them. Through the leader-training process men are equipped for service (Ephesians 4:11-12) so that they can carry out the ministry themselves.

Balanced. A written purpose statement for Men's Ministry should be composed to reflect a balance among helping men come to God, grow in Christ, serve through the church, and go out into the world. Thriving Men's Ministries lead men to discover how they are uniquely called and shaped by God to live the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in every aspect of their lives. Effective Men's Ministries keep the various aspects of their ministry interdependent and mutually supportive, providing a variety of entry points that make it easy for men to get involved.

Culturally Relevant. Paul declared, "I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some”: (1 Corinthians 9:22,). Though his presentation of the gospel never changed Paul's methods for delivering the message constantly changes. In Inconium he entered the synagogue to share the gospel (Acts 14:1). In Philippi he went to the riverside to fish for souls (Acts 16:13). In Athens he initiated conversation about religion with the men gathered on the town square (Acts 17:16-34).

Effective Men's Ministries find ways to connect with men on their turf. In addition to being at different levels of spiritual maturity, the men of each church and community have different interests, pressures, schedules and incomes, and different methods are required to reach them.

Sustained By Relationships. Believers are not "Lone Rangers." The many one-another passages in the Bible tell us that men need one another for encouragement, accountability, and spiritual growth (Proverbs 27:17, Romans 15:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:24). A Christian man needs to surround himself with trusted friends who will be honest, transparent and confidential as weakness and burdens are shared. Relationships are crucial to building and maintaining an effective Men's Ministry, because men are far more interested in relationships than programs.
Characteristics of an Effective
Men's Ministry
God-Centered Rather Than Program-Centered. The greatest need in Men's Ministry is to reach men to hear and obey God. Keeping your eye on the ball is a requirement for being a good hitter. Spiritually speaking, it is easy to take your eye off the ball by relying on a program rather than a person, Jesus Christ. Effective Men's Ministries develop men who are radically in love with Jesus Christ and are

Faith Assembly of Christ
Bishop-Elect Mitchell A. Way, Pastor