Introducing Man Time

  • Man Time

     

    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.

    It’s called Man Time. Here are a few details:

    1. It’s short. Just 49 minutes in-and-out. It meets Tuesday mornings for 4 weeks.
    2. The focus is table talk – not listening to a speaker talk.
    3. There’s no singing (who wants to sing at 6:30 AM?)
    4. Each session is a parable. I use common, everyday objects to illustrate my point.
    5. I don’t spoon feed. Instead, I give men dilemmas to wrestle with and problems to solve. They discover truth for themselves.
    6. The sessions are highly visual and interactive. They get your blood pumping.

    In designing Man Time, I went back to the example of Jesus. As I read and re-read the gospels, one thing struck me: Jesus taught the crowds, but he tested his men.

    So I built Man Time around tests. Challenges. I follow Jesus’ favorite technique: I hide the truth inside a parable and let men discover it for themselves.

    I have big dreams for Man Time. I’m praying that it can help solve two of the greatest challenges men’s ministry faces today: 1) why young men don’t come; and 2) why Men’s ministry programs tend to lose momentum so quickly. If successful, I’m hoping Man Time will become a model that can be replicated in thousands of churches worldwide.

    For those of you who are following my stop-and-start efforts with Men’s League, don’t worry. Man Time is not a replacement for Men’s League – instead, it’s a perfect first step for churches that want to develop a League. It’s a way for men to be introduced to many of the Men’s League concepts without asking them to make a huge commitment.

    If you live in Southcentral Alaska, join me for Man Time.

    • What: Man Time
    • When: Tuesdays, 6:30 AM. Feb. 11, 18, 25 and March 4.
    • Where: ChangePoint Church in Anchorage.
    • Why: To launch a new model of ministry to men and see if God is in it.
    • Who: Men age 16 and older are welcome to attend
    • How: Registration is $10. If you attend all 4 weeks you get your $10 back. Register at www.changepointalaska.com/men.
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    February 3rd, 2014 | David Murrow | 11 Comments |

About The Author

David Murrow

David Murrow is the director of Church for Men, an organization that helps congregations reach more men and boys. In his day job, David works as a television producer and writer. He's the author of four books. He lives in Alaska with his wife, three children, three grandchildren and a dachshund named Pepper.

  • Elder Greg

    You know I’m interested! Any chance you can fill me in on the details?

  • http://www.churchformen.com/ David Murrow

    There are no details…we’ve got to run this prototype first. Let’s talk after March 4.

  • belabacsi

    awesome! great idea, i hope you succeed, praying for you.

  • Dan Jackson

    I believe this is what we as men need. God’s Word. Nothing against all other books for men , but His Book is what we need. If we have gone through or taught all of the others to help a brother take his stand, it’s time now to join the battle for the Kingdom of Christ.

  • mark

    I too am interested in hearing more. Can’t wait til march.

  • Jamiel Cotman

    Brilliant !!!!

    GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!

  • Dee Lauderdale

    Sounds like you may be closer to cracking the code than anyone else has gotten. Looking forward to hearing how this pilot went.

  • Jason Hunt

    Men are made to be active as opposed to passive, and this fills the bill!

  • http://www.churchformen.com/ David Murrow

    Wish you could be with us Jason – I’d put you through your paces.

  • Kathleen Ward

    Love it, David. Are you on Twitter? I’d like to connect with you more. My husband and I are writing at churchinacircle.com about ways to shift church from passive to active, with similar techniques and principles. My husband is also involved in some significant men’s ministry in our city.
    Blessings,
    Kathleen

  • http://www.churchformen.com/ David Murrow

    yes, you can follow me @murrow5

    Are you in Australia? I’m coming there next month if you’d like to connect.