You have a heart for men’s ministry but no men’s ministry in your church? Your pastor wants you to start a men’s ministry from scratch? You’re not sure if you’re the one to lead this thing but there doesn’t seem to be anyone else? You’re not alone.
Whenever God has put something on your heart, there needs to be a process that you go on to see the vision birthed and become a reality.
Here are three leadership principles that you can apply as you faithfully respond to God’s call to start a men’s ministry in your church from scratch.
Leadership Is Influence
This is a key definition from John Maxwell on what leadership is. The takeaway here is that leadership is not a position, it is the act of influencing someone else.
The takeaway here is that leadership is not a position, it is the act of influencing someone else.
The result of applying this definition is that you stop waiting to be appointed as a leader and you start leading today. You don’t have to be the “men’s ministry leader” to start ministering to men, you can start that today. You can reach out, pray for and connect with men In your church right now with no official title or ministry. The key thing here is that you are influencing them for Godly purpose and impact when you do. Lead today by influencing those around you to pursue Christ.
Build a Team First
The greatest thing any leader can do is to build a team around them who will support, pray, and work together to accomplish the ministry. Who are the three other guys in your church that you can build a team with? Just because God is leading you, doesn’t mean He’s not speaking to the others. Tap them on the shoulder, share your heart and ask them what God has been putting on their heart. Then ask them to join you and form a team.
The best teams are collaborative, directional, and focused on accomplishing the mission not pleasing one member of that team. Build a team first, the ministry will come.
Never Despise Small Beginnings
We often think that things need to kick off in a big way with lots of people attending. This is simply not true. Sometimes you start with five guys. Sometimes you start with three. The key thing is to cast vision for growth but honor the start. Everything starts out differently from where it ends up.
You need to remember that as you start from scratch, although it may be small at the start, its should grow. You need to continue to find ways to invite and connect men to the ministry and develop leaders. As you do that, it will grow.
If there isn’t an active ministry to men in your church, there needs to be. Maybe you’re thinking about starting something from scratch. Take these three principles and begin today to impact men for Godly influence.