Looking For a Few Good Men
(Part 2 is below)
by Dennis Cone
Current Thoughts and Trends,
[Dr. Waylon B. Moore's comments to Part 1 are within brackets.]
You build a church with men, says Dr. Waylon Moore. He goes on to
tell of when he first saw that principle in action. In the 1950ís when he as a
seminary student, just getting his feet wet in ministry, went to visit his
second cousin a fiery, Bible-thumping, fundamentalist preacher in south
Texas. Moore asked, How do you grow a church? Heís never forgotten
the reply. Concentrate on winning men, and the women will follow them
gladly. He could see it working in that church.
Moore saw it in the 1970ís too, when his friend pastored a church in Miami. Dr.
Homer Lindsay, Jr. [who later used the same ministry strategy to grow the First
Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida from 3,000 to 18,000 members] baptized
a thousand new believers in one year. When Moore asked him his secret, Lindsay
gave him some amazing statistics. In the course of that year, during home
visits, Lindsay had given a full gospel presentation to 38 men. That may not
sound too impressive, but consider the following numbers. Of those, 32 made
professions of faith, and Lindsay baptized 28 of those men
along with their families!
[Homer was responsible for over 100 baptisms of families by focusing
on the fathers.]
With 50 years of ministry under his belt, Moore still thinks men are the key to
church growth. From his days of doing one-on-one evangelism with [Chicago]
skid-row bums and guys on campus at Harvard and M.I.T. through his years in the
pastorate, Moore has had a passion for reaching and discipling men. One reason
is that he has seen what happens to a church when women take on key leadership
functions. The men retreat, he says, and he doesnít mean they go on
weekend getaways. When the men withdraw or get involved only in congregational
finances, leaving spiritual concerns to the women, the church loses the next
generation especially the teenage boys.
What advice does Moore have for a pastor who wants to reach men? A starting
point is to realize that men need more than preaching. They want to see
something that really
practical Christianity lived out.
Mentor men yourself, one on one.
Always be on the lookout for guys who are hungry for God and ready to grow
spiritually. Moore found that early morning small group Bible studies and
annual menís retreats were good opportunities to spot men like this.
Have laymen give testimonies during services.
This gives men a chance to see what a committed Christian looks like. When
pastor Rick Warren surveyed irregular attendees at Saddleback, their favorite
part of the service was hearing ordinary believers tell what God was doing in
Expose your men to mighty men of God.
You can do this by taking them to conferences where theyíll hear challenging
speakers. Another way to do this is to build a library of cassettes or CDís.
Loan one to a fellow and say After you listen to this, letís get together
and talk about it. Moore says you can do the same things with books, but
most men donít read that much.
Baptize men during the Sunday morning worship service.
Have each new Christian give his testimony beforehand, too. That way the
Sunday-morning-only guys get to see that Christianity isnít just a womanís
Get men involved in real ministry.
Take a guy youíre mentoring with you to make evangelistic visits. Showing is
better than telling.
Moore has plenty of other ideas and insights on mentoring. Check out his
website at www.mentoring-disciples.org. His book,
Living Godís Word,
is a practical tool for a mentoring group.
is a great entry-level tool to follow-up new believers.
From TrendScope column, by Dennis Cone,
Current Thoughts & Trends,
NavPress, November 2001, Vol.17, No.11. [I recommend it highly to quickly
broaden your reading.]
Searching for Some Teachable Women
[Let me add to Dennisís conversation with me in the TrendScope
article with some other observations that God has really used in ministry.
First, let me slightly modify my comments above by emphasizing that a growing
church must have godly women. They give the Body of Christ balance in ministry.
Women are more sensitive to people than men. They are more easily won to
Christ, and trained in Bible study. Have you noticed the staggering tens of
thousands of women in Ladiesí Bible Study groups? Older women need to be
teachers of what is right so as to train the younger women . . . in six
for these six areas).
My wife, Clemmie, along with majoring on our three children was totally with me
in heart and ministry as I pastored. She mentored women individually, and
taught a ladiesí Sunday school class for years. Some of those she mentored, in
turn, mentored others. The Lord also uses unusual women to mentor men, such as
Henrietta Mears in California who had a major influence in the life and
ministry of Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. She also
impacted Billy Graham!]
Looking For a Few Good Men
by Dr. Waylon B. Moore
Tragically, pastors or peers are mentoring few men. Why? There is a lack of
focus on Jesus' and Paul's modeling God's ministry! Many pastors are copying
the public pulpit ministry of gifted preachers in mega-churches. Yet this
biblical model is not the
ministry of Jesus and others in the book of Acts. Their goal: world
evangelism. Their focus to reach this goal was to spend quality training
time with men. Paul stated his passion for being alive: to further the faith of
those newly saved (see
). Jesus and the heroes in the Acts
mentored in the
of evangelism, church planting, and discipleship.
How to get in the Word and devotional life.
Living out the Word and touching others in ministry. Having output
without intake results in disaster.
Another reason men aren't being mentored is that they are much harder to win
than women. And when won, they are more difficult to lasso into
strict Bible study and evangelism disciplines. The pay-off of a man hungry for
Jesus and His Word is so eternal and church impacting, however, it is worth any
cost. Dr. Howard Hendricks, Dallas Seminary teacher has said, The
greatest crisis in the world is in leadership. And the greatest need in
leadership is character.
How do you find people who are willing to grow?
There is a principle that helped me lock on to the right people to disciple.
Overexpose people to the Word of God, and they will pop out of the
mediocre mass, revealing where God is at work.
What is Vacation Bible School? It is five days of Bible teaching; a month of
Sundays in a week. It is an overexposure to the Word in a short period of time.
Children get saved and begin growing with this maximizing of the Word of God.
What is at the heart of a Revival meeting, an evangelistic mission,
or a Bible Conference? They all feature an over exposure of the Word in a
condensed time span. We, in and of ourselves, can't help anyone grow. But if we
can discover where God's Spirit is
already at work
and follow His lead, reaching out to a person, wonderful changes will take
At my last church we scheduled two men's retreats each year. Our leaders looked
and listened. Where is God's Spirit touching a heart? When the Spirit is
working, men ask questions; want to discuss Scripture, share personal needs and
convictions. This openness gave us a door to listen, pray, and lead many men
into the Word. Some were willing to be mentored or join a small group. Also we
searched for hungry men by asking a man to help with a fish fry, or
help paint a widow's house, visit a lost man with us, or to work with kids. We
moved them into the Bible and ministry. Looking around my church I saw fire in
the hearts of men everywhere. Those flames gave off sparks, then more flames.
Men and women everywhere growing. Those I mentored were sheer joy for over 13
years in my last church; then God led me into a new ministry.