“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
CLPC Men’s Ministry Vision: To see Christ Jesus formed in every man through a head, heart, hand ministry.
To see Christ Jesus formed in every man is ultimately the work of God’s Word and Spirit. The foundation of the men’s ministry is the Lord’s Day worship services that center upon God’s means of grace in His Holy Word read, preached, prayed, sung, and experienced in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The men’s weekly Bible study, accountability groups, quarterly men’s breakfasts, and annual men’s retreat supplement the Lord’s Day with further opportunities to grow, connect, and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ in this particular local church.
What is a true disciple? Simply put, a disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ. As men begin to see the glory of God in the resurrected Savior, they will begin to reach out to one another for life-on-life missional discipleship. Relationships centered around the LORD and informed by His Word are the most effective means of progressing toward spiritual maturity. This is the model Christ used with his disciples that continued into and marked the life of the early church that we must faithfully maintain today.
CLPC Men’s Ministry Mission: To build a men’s ministry focused upon the whole man (head, heart, hand) that is committed to meeting the needs of committed Christian men in our Church community who will be equipped to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others through word and deed.
How will the CLPC Men’s Ministry Vision and Mission become a reality? Not only does the Lord build His church, but He builds up individual men. As with any aspect of Christ’s Bride, the church, we look to the Lord and His gracious work in the lives of His people through the Word of God, prayer, and the Holy Spirit to regenerate, water, grow, and produce a spiritual harvest. The elders and deacons charged with leading this ministry trust that the Lord will bring about His will. In an effort to faithfully and prayerfully lead the men’s ministry there are structures, meetings, and events that asset the development and growth of body life. Part of the “how we do men’s ministry” is to recognize some of the important needs of men and our commitments as a ministry.
Need Statement: The men of Carriage Lane need a safe network of fellowships and study groups through which they can share life experiences in order to serve Jesus Christ and live an abundant life.
Values / Commitments:
- Accountability & Confidentiality
- Truth – Believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God.
- Share – Be willing to share with other men your life experiences, feelings and difficulties in pursuing the role as a man of God.
- Listen – Learn to be a good listener, who loves and is understanding, who will not condemn.
- Consistency – Commit to a consistent participation in the men’s ministry, as this is a prerequisite to enable deeper and intimate discussions.
- Practicality – Studies and discussions should stress the practical application of God’s Word.
Study (head)—Fellowship (heart)—Service (hand)
Open Bible Study: Every Wednesday night @ 7:00 pm; contact TIM: email@example.com
Small groups: Self scheduled – casual meetings with 3 to 6 men for prayer, study, fellowship, and accountability
Large Group Meeting: Quarterly Men’s Breakfast – Saturday morning @ 8:00 am in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and men’s related devotionals with special speakers; contact ALLEN: firstname.lastname@example.org
What will a mature man of God look like?
He will live consistently under the control of the Holy Spirit, the direction of the Word of God, and the compelling love of Christ.
He has discovered, developed and is using his spiritual gifts.
He has learned to effectively share his faith while demonstrating radical love that amazes the world which it touches.
He gives strong evidence of being:
- a faithful member of God’s church
- an effective manager of life, relationships and resources
- a willing minister to God’s people
- an available messenger to non-Kingdom people
He demonstrates a life characterized as:
- gospel driven
- worship focused
- morally pure
- evangelistically bold
- discipleship grounded
- family faithful by leading spiritually
- growing in the knowledge of Christ while being sanctified