At No Regrets, we have worked with hundreds of churches and thousands of men. Every ministry in the church requires leaders. Men’s ministry is no different. Your men’s ministry will only be as strong as the men who lead it. One of the most often asked questions is, “How can I build leaders?” The answer seems to be simple and almost trite. But, the answer to this and similar questions is to disciple them
. In order to develop leaders, you have to invest in them personally by discipling them.
In Jim Putman’s book DiscipleShift
, he writes, “You can’t lead where you don’t go, and you can’t teach what you don’t know.” If you are a pastor or a men’s leader, you will find it exceedingly difficult to sustain a men’s ministry in your church unless you begin personally discipling men yourself. Jesus gave us the model when he recruited his twelve leaders.
"He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.”
The apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Thessalonica says he, Silas, and Timothy, “were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well." This and other examples throughout Scripture give us the model for raising up and developing leaders. There is no magic formula or silver bullet. It’s simply the time-tested method of personal discipleship that is at the root of every successful ministry in the church.
"My prayer is that God will raise up an army of men wholly committed to him and wholly committed to expanding his kingdom across the street and around the world."