Planning Men's Events

Reach Every Man

Primary Goal One: Relationships. I am writing this on Monday following our second men's breakfast this year. We had a great speaker. We sold 26 tickets, but only 14 men showed up. There was a core group of 11 plus three men who came because they had relationship with another man. We approached nearly all of the men who attend church. The ones who had no interest were men who do not have a relationship with men in the church - they warm the pew on Sunday. That is their connection. It is a matter of relationships.


Primary Goal Two: Relevance. In 1996, Promise Keepers asked the men attending PK conferences to describe their local church experience. Two words came up more than any others. Two words from men who not only attend church, but accepted an invitation to attend a national men's conference! What words would you use to describe your own experience in your own local church?

Primary Goal Three: Return. Man in the Mirror Ministries asks the question when addressing how to create momentum in your men's ministry: "How do you overcome the inertia in men?" Many men in the local church are not moving forward in their spiritual life. Our challenge is to help them move from their prolonged state of rest to ongoing growth and change. The challenge is great!

Six Key Issues When Planning an Event for Men. What do you need to do to attract your men? A relational network, compartmented lives, aim for the heart, business, spectator or participant, and teamwork.

Planning Men's Events: For You or Your Men? Ideas to avoid subconsciously implementing ministry or activities in the way we want to have them.

The Men's Ministry Buffet. Ideas for developing your men's ministry taken from a survey of Alliance pastors and men's ministry leaders.

Establish a Tradition. Every Church is Unique: Develop an entry-level event that will be a tradition. When men and women think of the men's ministry of your church, what comes to their mind?

Getting Men to Your Men's Ministry Event. Men need the facts, and they need to hear them many times in many ways. The average woman will be informed of an event and she will check her calendar to see if she can go. She has a disposition to say yes to the invitation. Most men do not have this disposition. Here are a few ideas for overcoming this challenge.

How Much is Enough? Enthusiasm and success can often lead to excess. I have seen this in hundreds of churches across. A team of men put something on for the men in their church and the men actually come! The organizers are surprised (shocked) at the turnout, and they immediately organize several other similar events. Sooner or later the men stop coming ...

Make Entry-level Events Distinctly Masculine. A men's event should not just be a church sponsored men's event. The planning and preparation should make sure that the event is distinctively masculine. Here are a few ideas to help that happen.

Why Men's Ministry so Often Fails. Women's and children's ministries flourish in practically every U.S. congregation, but few churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrant men's ministry. For example, there are 35,000 United Methodist congregations in the U.S. but only 6,000 offer a chapter of Methodist Men. Why?

Why Hold Men's Breakfasts? "Everybody" does men's breakfasts. In fact, when asking about men's ministry in churches, most leaders point to men's breakfasts. In reality, men's breakfasts are entry points into a men's ministry, not the sole component of a men's ministry.

Sample Men's Ministry Survey. Here are questions that you can adapt to help you learn where your men are, their interests and schedules.

Event Planning Worksheet. Why do you hold men's events? What is the purpose of the event? What are your desired outcomes? What do you plan to do next as a follow-on event or activity? How do you evaluate the success of the event once it is over? Here is an MS Word form that you can tailor/adapt to your situation that will help you frame your events to achieve your goals.


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