It’s ridiculous to expect men to make disciples without training, equipping and support. Yet this is exactly what many preachers and men’s ministers tell their men to do.
Film is the new campfire. It’s the shared culture of young men. And it’s still one of the most powerful pathways into a man’s heart. Men who may be afraid of the Bible are perfectly comfortable discovering truth from the movies they already know.
What happens when straight men see their married gay brethren enjoying the sexual salad bar? Will these straight husbands settle into a life of sexual predictability while this special class of married men continues to sow its wild oats?
If we’re going to “think outside the box” when it comes to church planting, it’s helpful to define what the box looks like. Take this 25 question quiz to see how your church compares.
The results are in. According to Google, the number one thing men hate is…
It comes down to this: If you plant corn you’ll raise corn. If you plant beans you’ll raise beans. And if you plant a worship service, you’ll raise worshippers.
Should we organize Christians in an entirely different way so that disciple making becomes the norm? Put another way: is it possible to design a church where coaching is the primary function – not merely an add-on that relatively few people participate in?
Ninety percent of U.S. men believe in God. Five out of six call themselves Christians. But only one of six can be found in church on a given Sunday. Maybe it’s time to build a different kind of church.
Have you ever noticed that Christians speak normally to one another, but when they speak to aloud to God they lapse into a strange language and tone? I call this “prayer-speak” and it’s epidemic in evangelical churches today.
Why have we set the bar so low on church membership? Our motives are pure – we want as many people as possible to hear the good news. But in doing so, we fail to stir the hearts of men, who secretly long for a more challenging, rigorous faith.