People can easily get caught up in a certain method of discipleship and think that it’s the only method that is effective. The problem with this mindset is that it is very narrow minded, and doesn’t consider the differences of the people you’re working with. Let’s face it… people have different styles of learning, personalities, social skills, interests, and backgrounds.
We don’t want to assume that one method works for everyone, this is why as a men’s ministry we aren’t enforcing one method of discipleship. There may be a certain resource that we promote across the board from time to time, but in general, the method in which you use can look different from person to person. But we must be clear on our goal, so that all of us are moving in the same direction.
So what is our goal?
There are 2 foundational scriptures that encompass what we are trying to do as the men’s ministry of OFA.
Matthew 28:19-20 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
2 Timothy 2:2 – And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
Our goal is twofold…
To teach and encourage men to be fully devoted, completely obedient followers of Jesus.
To equip men to lead other men.
It isn’t enough to simply help someone be more obedient to Jesus. We must go a step further and teach them how to lead someone else, just as you have done for them. This is when the church experiences multiplication, because every believer is involved in the discipleship process. Not just the pastors and people with official leadership titles like Sunday school teacher, or Community Group leader. Can you image what our church would look like if every person was investing in someone else, and teaching them how to invest in the people around them?
We can accomplish this goal in many different ways, and we trust that you’ll find the method that works for you and the men you are leading. Here are a few examples of how you can connect with and disciple other men in our church.
- Intentional connection during a church service or event
- Encouraging text/email
- Get lunch after church
- Meet for coffee
- Connect while serving together (Volunteer on Sundays, special days of service, other service projects)
- Recreational activity (play golf, go to a game)
- Meet in a group (sporadic or regularly)
- Read a book together and discuss
Whatever method works for you, be sure to focus on our goal. This is how we gain momentum and maintain unity as a church body.