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How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry: Practical Ideas and Insights for Your Church Paperback – March 1, 2010
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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:
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The book begins with a careful explanation of why a men's ministry is important. Then, the author continues by helping the reader understand the world he is living in. The book continues by giving a detailed process and timeline of how to develop a ministry to men. One might expect this to be overly prescriptive. It is not. It clearly lays out several options that have worked at every step along the men's ministry journey, and shares the strengths of each of these approaches. Examples of administrative paperwork, checklists, and timelines fill the end of each chapter. Throughout the process of sharing how to develop a ministry to men, Sonderman uses the metaphor of developing a team like a football team for ministry.
Certainly I think Sonderman has a difficult job in trying to write THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON MEN'S MINISTRY, but he makes a good attempt. I read through several parts of the book and thought that they were excellent. I read through other parts, and it was clear that the author lives and works in the suburban megachurch bubble. The cultural analysis of our culture, and its relationship to men and masculenity is right on, as are many of his goals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Practical guidance in establishing a growing ministry to men.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. A lot of great info that will help any layperson or mens leader in a church lead mens ministry.Published 23 months ago by M. hoard
Wasn't quite what we were looking for...but hit the high points on what the ministry could look like. We just do things differently.Published on November 25, 2013 by ESH
Read some of it and tried to share but the other men didn't have time to read one more book.Published on April 23, 2013 by Barb Gutho