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The Leading Book on Men's Ministry Basics


For nearly twenty years Steve Sonderman has been in the trenches week after week, working with men in his church and around the world. He knows what it takes to create a vibrant, enduring ministry to men. And in this book--newly revised and expanded--he reveals proven ways to reach today's men, including how to:

Plan strategically
Build effective leadership
Develop healthy small groups
Motivate and mobilize your men

Whether you are starting a men's ministry from scratch, or wanting to jump start an established program, this book provides the inspiration and practical ideas necessary to take your ministry to the next level and beyond.

About the Author

Steve Sonderman, one of the country's first full-time men's pastors, leads the vibrant men's ministry at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Founder of the national No Regrets Men's Ministries ( www.menwithnoregrets.com), he consults widely, trainin
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Revised, Expanded ed. edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Korsmo VINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
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Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy. I am involved in leadership of the adult ministries area at my church, and we have been looking to expand our men's ministry, so it was with great interest that I delved into this book. Sonderman passes on a lot of experience in this informative book about building a men's ministry. A few major emphases come across. One is the need to proceed slowly and deliberately, taking time to build a leadership team and bathing the effort in prayer, surveying the men in your church to gauge interest and needs, and building up incrementally from a foundation. A second emphasis is on having a mission statement for the ministry, and likewise always remaining cognizant of the mission and purpose of each event (does this fit in with our mission?). A third emphasis is on the importance of small groups to real life change. A last emphasis is on the need for careful planning and delegation, bringing many men into the preparation for and conduct of ministry events.

It is obvious, as you read this book, that Sonderman has learned many lessons from his years of experience, both in his own church and in his networking and speaking across the country, and those lessons are passed along as he goes. I also appreciate the balance of both practical wisdom and strategic thinking that comes across in these pages. He helps you both to think big picture about what a men's ministry is as why to do it, as well as how to have a Saturday morning breakfast that works. In all, I found this to be a great resource for thinking about and planning a men's minsitry.
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I'm only part of the way through this book at the moment, but I'm already loving it. What Sonderman writes about men's ministry is fresh and insightful, and it is also to some extent broadly applicable to ministry in general. This is a very well-written, accessible and engaging work, and I would highly recommend it for anyone involved in men's ministry in any capacity.
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Somehow, in today's culture, the man of the house (single or married) seems to be the most forgotten and displaced person. So, when Steve Sonderman's book "How To Build A LIFE-CHANGING Men's Ministry" was given to me to review by Bethany House I gladly read his suggestions (and passed the book on to my pastor husband). Steve Sonderman is a seasoned pastor so his suggestions and views are not just because he "feels this or that" but he can honestly tell us how to encourage and better our churches to include men because he has been through the trenches. This book has a lot of practical ideas and Steve even gives schedules that one can use when starting a men's group. Incorporating men into our churches is much needed. Our young boys and teenagers need the guidance and support of godly men in the church. I would say this isn't necessarily a book for women but it's a "man's man" book. My pastor husband was encouraged by this book and will incorporate some of Steve's ideas. This is a great resource for both pastors and men in leadership.
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Recently I received a review copy of Steve Sonderman's book "How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry" from Bethany House. In my experience how to books like this are not that helpful because they offer stories on how one particular church did ministry in their location and in the local church context. More often than not these books are not transferable because they don't convey ideas that can be helpful in multiple contexts. Thankfully, this book is not one of those. Sonderman offers an extremely solid and beneficial how to book that can easily be adopted in multiple ministry contexts. First and foremost I appreciate how he starts his book. He begins by showing the need for men's ministry and then showing what type of Christian man they believe the Bible is calling them to strive for. It is always helpful to know what you are aiming at. Sonderman offers an excellent resource for any men's ministry. I highly recommend this book to anyone or church that are serious about discipling the men of their church.
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Before you ask me why I'm reading a book about men's ministry, let me beat you to the punch. My husband picked up a book awhile back called Why Men Hate Going to Church, and after he read it, he suggested that I read it.

I did.

That book opened my eyes to a problem facing the way most Americans "do church" - one I knew in the back of mind existed, but I would have not had any clue as to why. Why Men Hate Going to Church opened my mind to the fact that a growing church must have a solid men's ministry. Thus, I was intrigued when I saw How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry and wanted to read it.

Though I will never be involved in a men's ministry - after all, I am a woman - I am involved with the leadership at my church. And I have a husband who will probably be involved at some point in some form of men's ministry. Plus, some of the same steps needed to be taken for building a men's ministry could also be used in building a women's ministry.

With specific actions to take in each chapter, this book walks men's ministry leadership through the steps needed to build a life-changing men's ministry. I would highly recommend it for all men's ministry leaders.
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