I believe there is a biblical mandate for churches to be intentional about men’s ministry. Elders are called to equip the flock for the work of the ministry, and one element of that equipping is appealing “to the younger men as brothers” (1 Tim 5:1). Peter explains that the goal of this kind of appeal is to teach “younger men…to clothe yourselves in humility toward one another” (1 Peter 5:1).
On a broad level, elders train younger men for the ministry by passing along sound doctrine and good practice (2 Tim 2:2). But on a more general level—in other words, even to those that do not desire the work of an elder—men in the congregation require specific training in what it means to be godly. This training is alluded to in 1 Tim 2:2, and is specifically called for in 1 Tim 1:8 and in Titus 2:2, 6.
But if the only reason for men’s ministry was the fulfilling of those commands, I could understand how a church might forgo specific training for the men, and instead use the general gatherings of the congregation for those kind of admonitions. After all, it is not only the men who should be taught to pray, or to be sensible, temperate, dignified, and mature in faith. Certainly the church as a whole would benefit from that kind of instruction.
Yet there are three different cultural forces in the modern world which compel churches to have specific ministry aimed at training Christian men. Continue Reading…