If your church is like many, much of the engagement and active participation in ministry is often done by women. Here are some thoughts from Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), staff member at CE National, about how we can encourage men in ministry through various resources that are available to pastors and churches.
I’m conflicted.. Over a number of things… I feel a little like the Apostle Paul in Romans 7. Let me explain…
I love NFL football and cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. We have six Super Bowl rings and we are competitive almost every year. I want to brag that we are the best team in the NFL. Last month I watched what the Patriots and Tom Brady did in the second half of SB LI. Maybe the greatest of all time? Ugh! Conflicted.
I’m not a Lady Gaga fan. But I watched the Super Bowl halftime show. Wow. Talk about guts and athleticism. She catches more footballs thrown her way than most anyone in the entire Cleveland Browns organization. Conflicted.
I want to respond and post my thoughts on social media about politics and my wife and kids won’t let me. Conflicted.
There is another area where I am conflicted. I’m like most men, even if I shouldn’t be, in a couple of specific areas: I do not like to sing and I don’t like to read even though it feels like, in the church, most things for men are centered on both of these.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do sing. I know I should and I do. And I read all the time. But it’s not fun for me like it is for some people.
So all this made me think about things I want my pastor to know about and encourage men in that focus more on doing.
So, with apologies to David Letterman and his “top ten” lists, I have made a list of my own. They in no particular order. They are not funny, and there are only seven of them. They are the things that most church leaders could use, participate with, and encourage. These items are more for doing than just for studying.
The Top Seven Action Tips for Church Leaders
Pastorpedia: This site has many helps for pastors, including practical videos with Pastors Knute Larsen, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown. This is well worth the time to watch and hear from these men as they lead thriving congregations and address important issues.
Momentum Youth Conference: This week in July provides outstanding worship, tremendous speakers, and quality ministry opportunity for one week for high school and middle school students and their youth leaders.
Operation Barnabas: For high school students interested in the next level of being equipped. Special emphasis is given to evangelism, servanthood, and character development. This is the next level for maturing high schoolers, especially guys, as it relates to living out/doing hands-on ministry.
StreetWise: This is for young adults through senior adults, the first week of July in Philadelphia, at Urban Hope Training Center with Sean McDowell. StreetWise is hands-on ministry so people can take it back home and continue to apply it.
The National Institute: TNI is the youth ministry major at Grace College for those who want to minister to the next generation. Quality classes and instruction that stress learning and doing.
CE News On Line: Weekly updates and information of opportunities and special events like Pastorpedia Live.
And finally: A terrific resource for men is Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield. While Mansfield is a brilliant writer, the basis of this book is primarily about men DOING. What a great resource for men, leaders, men’s small groups, discipleship, and more.
All of these CE National ministries are based on II Corinthians 5:15: “And He died for all that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” and is meant to help believers to live ON MISSION. The items listed above are examples meant to help equip biblical leadership. If you have any questions or desire more information on how you or any others you serve about these items, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me.
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