Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Go

Wanted: A Few Good Men

  • Jim Townsley
  • Sep 1, 2011

It seems every new church has difficulty finding dedicated men to get involved in a new church, but faithful men are crucial to the church's development. I cannot recall any young pastor who was ever concerned that he had too many men and not enough women and children. Men seem to be slower to get involved in a new church. The need for men does not diminish the importance of women and children. In fact, many new churches would never survive without the faithful sacrifice of godly women and the exuberance of the youth. Women are essential to the growth and vitality of the church. But in reality most new churches will find children, youth, and women more responsive in starting a new church, while men seem to be slower to attend and make a commitment to Christ. Even many older and more mature churches may find this same lack of male leadership.

Since the days of the women's liberation movement girls have responded in droves to positions of leadership while young men have remained in the shadows. This is true of the world in general, but it is equally true in our youth groups and churches. Churches and Christian schools have many good leaders among the young ladies while frequently it is difficult to find young men who are committed to the Lord. Where are the young men who will lead us into the future? What are they doing? Why is there such a lack of male leadership in our churches? How can we solicit more men? These are important questions that must be answered.

I recall one preacher stating that, "you get what you go after." A failure to seek, train, and develop men will result in few men committed to the church. Reaching and training men must become a priority. The pastor should be an example of strong leadership. Men like to follow a strong leader. Men should be able to look to you as the pastor and gain confidence by following your leadership.

Men still will respond to the gospel, but we must make a point of taking the gospel to them. Men will accept responsibility if they are asked. Ask men to step up and lead and you may be surprised that they will do just that, lead. Many tasks are entry points for new men in the church. Becoming a church usher is a simple task, but it assigns responsibility to men. Ushers take the offering, hand out materials, and help in the services in general. Appointing men and training them for this task is an opportunity to gain more men in the church. Appointing four instead of two ushers is a good way to involve more men. Perhaps you can add more ushers as backups and a head usher who organizes the others. Meeting with these men gives the pastor an opportunity to train men to serve in the church.

Others ways to include men is the service is to periodically meet with the men to discuss the preacher's vision for the future. Meeting with men to get their advice concerning major decisions of the church will include them and may prepare them for future service as a deacon. The pastor should not bear these burdens alone. In addition, men can lead in prayer, teach a Sunday school class, captain a bus route, care for the building, greet visitors, lead the singing, and count the offerings among other responsibilities. As a pastor it is important that you have the vision to do the work of the Lord, but also you must seek every opportunity to utilize and train the men of your church.

I encourage every preacher to meet with your men for prayer. Take them out after church for coffee and fellowship. Visit them at their work place. Many opportunities are available to reach and train men. But, remember, "You get what you go after." Don't neglect the duty to reach and train men to lead the church. The ladies and youth are important and vital to the growth and health of the church, but when you reach the men, often you have the whole family.

Men can be reached and they can become leaders of the church; It is worth the effort to reach and train them.