Saturday, September 19, 2009

Men’s ministries

Resources from the Man in the Mirror ministry

“This ministry exists
in answer to the prayers of all those wives, mothers, and grandmothers who have for decades been praying for the men in their lives,” says Patrick Morley, Chairman and CEO of this ministry.

A mini-course in ministry to men (Note: Click the graphic to view a Flash movie of Create, Capture, and Sustain model)

A dynamic men’s ministry begins with a clear understanding of your purpose as men in the church. Work with your pastoral and men’s ministry leadership to develop a Biblically-based vision statement for what you want to accomplish in your men’s ministry.

1. A Call to Arms: The Battle for Men's Souls
2. Create, Capture, Sustain: A Model for Ministry to Men
3. Ministry to Men on Purpose
4. Case Studies of Ministry to Men in Local Churches
5. Ten Practical Secrets to Attract and Retain Men

Four key ideas in building a successful men’s ministry

1. A successful men’s ministry will be built on these cornerstones:

The senior pastor’s enthusiastic support, a man passionate about reaching other men, a committed leadership team, and the right strategy.

2. Be purpose driven rather than event driven.

Men want to be a part of something larger than themselves. Often men don’t come to our events because they don’t see any larger purpose. Make sure that every event you schedule clearly serves your overall purpose.

3. Be relationship based rather than task oriented.

Most long-term change takes place in the context of church-based relationships. Events attract men, relationships make them stick. Give men plenty of opportunities for fellowship and conversation. The relationship is the task.

4. Make disciples and pray for workers.

The Bible tells us, “Go and make disciples…baptizing them.” Often we get this confused with, "Go and make workers… browbeating them." Too often we set the agenda for our ministry and then pester men to be involved. Instead, we ought to make disciples and then pray that God leads them to a place of service.

Free e-books from Man in the Mirror

Coming Back to God (106 pages, 318 KB)

Do you know a man who would likely embrace Christianity if someone would carefully answer his lingering questions and honest doubts? Pat has written this book to reach out to such men. Chapters include:

1. The Soul’s Search for Rest - “Why Am I Still So Restless?”
2. The Feeling of Futility - “There Must Be More”
3. The Worldly System - “I Can’t Take It Anymore”
4. The Moral System - “I Can’t Fake It Anymore”
5. The Religious System - “Why Do I Feel Robbed of the Best Years of My Life?”
6. Giving the Christian System Another Look
7. Is the Idea of God Logical?
8. Shouldn’t Science Rule over Theology?
9. Since Life Is So Futile, Why Should I Believe
God Cares about Me Personally?
10. How Can a Man Stake His Entire Life on Believing the Bible

Understanding Your Man in the Mirror (formerly titled “What Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew About Men”, 229 pages, 580 KB); chapters include:

  1. Significance - What Is It That Your Husband Wants?
  2. Obstacles - What’s Troubling Your Husband?
  3. Pressure - Understanding the Pressure Your Husband Feels
  4. Work - Why Men Are Preoccupied with Work
  5. Temptations - The Six Persistent Temptations Men Struggle With
  6. Companionship - What a Husband Needs from His Wife
  7. Physical Intimacy - What Else a Man Needs from His Wife
  8. Communication - What Men Want to Express but Find Difficult
  9. Resolving Conflict - Help Around the House and Other Sore Spots
  10. Appearance - Why a Man Wants His Wife to Look Good
  11. Fathering - Your Husband’s Changing View of Being a Dad
  12. Hard Years - Living with a Difficult Husband
  13. Perspective - Why Your Husband May Not Be As Bad As You Think
  14. Golden Years - Preparing for Winter
How to Survive the Economic Meltdown

Pat’s new book features 35 hard earned spiritual, practical and financial survival strategies based on lessons learned during his own personal financial crisis. Every day for seven long years he woke up not knowing whether or not he would be forced into bankruptcy. By God’s grace, he was able to avoid bankruptcy and not only survive, but experience extraordinary spiritual growth.

About Patrick Morley

After spending the first part of his career in the highly competitive world of real estate development, Patrick has been used throughout the world to help men think more deeply about their lives.

In 1973 Patrick founded Morley Properties, which, for several years, was hailed as one of Florida's 100 largest privately held companies. During this time he was the president or managing partner of 59 companies and partnerships.

In 1989 he wrote The Man in the Mirror, a landmark book that poured from his own search for meaning, purpose, and a deeper relationship with God. With over 3,000,000 copies, this best-selling book has captured the imaginations of hundreds of thousands of men worldwide, and was selected as one of the 100 most influential Christian books of the twentieth century. Five of his 16 books have received critical acclaim.

In 1991, Patrick founded Man in the Mirror which has impacted the lives of 10,000,000 men worldwide, has distributed 8,000,000 books, and last year worked with over 40,000 church leaders to more effectively disciple men. Through his speaking and writing he is a tireless advocate for men, encouraging and inspiring them to change their lives in Christ. Every Friday morning since 1986, Patrick teaches a Bible study to 150 businessmen in Orlando, Florida which is podcast through iTunes and webcast throughout the United States and over 50 countries. He has written over 450 articles to help men and leaders, has appeared on several hundred of radio and television programs, and speaks to men daily through The Man in the Mirror radio program carried on 75 stations nationwide.

Patrick Morley graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, which selected him to receive its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1984. He has earned a Ph.D. in Management and completed post-graduate studies at the Harvard Business School and Oxford University, and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary. For sport he races a 1974 Porsche 911. He lives in Winter Park, FL with his wife, Patsy. They have two grown children and two granddaughters.

No comments: