Men's Disciplemaking is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) located under the Office of Disciplemaking and Ministry Studies. Our purpose is to assist churches in developing healthy ministries to men. We encourage local churches to build effective and intentional methods for creating, capturing and sustaining a ministry to men that is unique to its own situation. To assist churches in building on that framework, we seek best practices and success stories in discipling men from across The Alliance. Our vision is to see churches move men from the community and disciple them into service.
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Building the Kingdom through Relationships – Part 3 - Affinity
For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people. ”So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him (Luke 5:9-11).
While Jesus was a carpenter, His first disciples were fishermen. Later He added others like Matthew the tax collector to the group.
An effective ministry to men moves men from a relationship into fellowship.
It is hard to bring a group of diverse men together. It is best to begin by finding common ground around which the men can gather. After the group has coalesced, add others who may not share the same interests. Not only will the new men be attracted to the comradery, they will find genuine acceptance. In many cases the affinity may just be being a part of the group. That connection may only be the magnet of relationships with men who know Jesus.
Eventually the group will lead to an affinity based on relationships. The bonding occurs on the basis of acceptance. Affinity will grow out of acceptance.
The next step is to move a man from a relationship into relationships (plural).
A disciple seeks the bond that brings men together.
Did you Know?
Church involvement moves people out of poverty. It is also correlated with less depression, more self-esteem and greater family and marital happiness ("Why Religion Matters," The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, 1064, 25 January 1996, www.heritage.org).