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 1 – Acquaintances
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus (John 12:20-22).
Philip was a disciple who brought people to Jesus. He brought Nathaniel to Jesus (John 1:45). And In this case, Greeks. In a broader sense, these men were likely no-Jews, not necessarily Greeks. Later on we read of Philip leading the eunuch to the Lord and baptizing him (Acts 8:26-40). As disciples of Jesus we are called to bring others to Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). The men were acquaintances of Philip; perhaps from the region of Galilee.
An effective ministry to men moves men from the community into a friendship.
Disciples must be open to opportunities to lead others to Christ, or into a closer walk with Christ. These opportunities may be men we encounter in our daily routine: co-workers, those whom we serve or who serve us, Friends and friends of friends. We need to move these men from being acquaintances to friendship.
The next step is to move the acquaintance from friendship into a relationship.
Disciples seek men to disciple.
Did you Know?
Fewer than 10 percentof U.S. churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrantmen's ministry. (National Coalition of Ministries to Men).