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 4 – Affirmation
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven (Matthew 16:15-17).
Peter got it wrong so many times. But here he got it right and Jesus affirmed him; Jesus built him up.
An effective ministry to men moves men from fellowship into relationships (plural).
An important part of disciplemaking is encouraging men on their spiritual journey by finding their contribution to the group or your relationship. Yes, there will be times when they get it wrong. But it is vital to acknowledge progress in life, in relationships, in serving others; progress in getting it right.
We need to move men from fellowship into relationships (plural) by encouraging them and bonding with them.
The next step is to move the men from relationships (Plural) into discipleship.
A disciple looks for ways to build up others.
Did you Know?
Religious participation leads men to become more engaged husbands and fathers. (http://hirr.hartsem.edu/research/edgell-gender.html).