A few years ago a wise man said to me, “Dave, you need to design a new kind of ministry to men around the principles you’ve discovered.” On February 11, that new kind of ministry to men launches in Anchorage, Alaska.
What can preachers and teachers learn from sports and movies? How can they tailor their messages so men will engage for longer periods of time?
Men can sit through a 3-hour football game or a 3-hour epic movie without being bored. So why can’t they sit through a 3-hour sermon? Or a 1-hour sermon? Or even a 30-minute sermon?
An innovative idea is transforming schools across the country. Could it also transform church?
I’ve compiled a list of seven quick articles that will inspire and challenge you as we Americans return to our two largest educational institutions – the local school and the local church.
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.
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?
What would a coaching-first church look like? Fortunately, there’s one recorded for us in the Gospel of Luke.
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.