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Luter gives 7 basics for effective men’s ministry

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)–Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, sees seven basics for an effective men’s ministry.

Luter, addressing Black Church Leadership Week at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, noted:

1. The ministry must stay biblically based. See Genesis 2, Exodus 18:13-27 and Acts 6:1-7 to read about God’s desire and design for men.

2. The ministry must have the support of the pastor.

3. The ministry must choose an effective leader. This leader must be a born again believer, role model and good listener. He also must be compassionate, have biblical knowledge and exhibit leadership skills.

4. The ministry must be publicized. Ways to do this include announcements from the pulpit, the church bulletin, Sunday School classes, posters, flyers and word of mouth.

5. The ministry must have a good kick-off event. Keep it informal, non-threatening and, if possible, away from the church (picnic, bowling, ballgame, etc.).

6. The ministry must have set, consistent meeting times. Decide when and where to meet, and then do it. If you say you’ll meet on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m., meet even if only two men show up.

7. The ministry must have some ground rules. Meetings are not men or women bashing sessions. Keep everything confidential. Minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of the men. Hold each other accountable.

Luter said while these are basics, “every ministry must be lifted up every day with prayer to accomplish its objectives.”

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