Reaching Every Man

Reaching Every Man

Does your church have an effective discipleship process for all the men in your church and community? Here is a way to find out. Rate your ministry on a scale of 1-10 in the following areas:

1. ____ Most men in our church understand what it means to be a disciple,
and its importance.

2. ____ Most of the men in our church have a best friend or band of brothers
who stand with him in his spiritual battles.

3. ____ Our ministry to men provides opportunities for men at all spiritual
levels to become engaged.

4. ____ The participation level of men in our men’s events indicates that we
are scratching where they itch.

5. ____ Our men’s hearts are captured by the desire to show Christ and his
kingdom to the world.

Over the last ten years, several graduates of RTS Orlando, along with a third PCA member, began to conduct extensive research into churches that were effectively discipling men, to determine why they were so successful. They saw time and again that the churches with effective long term processes that produced Godly disciples followed the same principles. For example, they targeted the hearts of men, not their behavior. They thought of discipleship as a relational process that moves men down the discipleship path, so they were intentional about capturing the momentum from their events and building upon it. Instead of expecting the pastoral staff and elders to “disciple” all the men, they built strong lay men’s ministry leadership teams, making Eph. 4:16 the foundation of their discipleship approach. “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

These three men, Pat Morley, David Delk, and Brett Clemmer found these key principles to be so consistent in successful men’s ministries that they put them into a book and designed training to make these valuable insights available to men’s ministry leaders across America. The book is called, No Man Left Behind. The insights are also taught in 20-hour regional seminars by the same name, and in a 4-hour Reader’s Digest version for local churches and presbyteries called, Reaching Every Man.

This 4-hour Reaching Every Man training is now available to PCA churches and Presbyteries “to equip the saints for the work of ministry” at a very reasonable price-just $38 per man and $28 per man in groups of 4 or more. This allows our PCA churches to bring 4 men for a little over $100. Thirty-five men already attended an REM seminar at Covenant PCA in Harrisonburg, VA, and PCA churches in Baltimore, MD, Gainesville, FL, Ft Worth TX, and Tucson, AZ are in the process of trying to get an REM set up for their men’s ministry leadership teams. For more information on how to bring this training to your church or presbytery go to www.pcacep.org/Men, or contact Gary Yagel gyagel@forgingbonds.org 301.570.5097.

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Rev. Gary Yagel began his ministry as a volunteer Young Life leader, served 4 years as a youth pastor and over 20 years as a church planter and senior pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He has led various men's discipleship ministries, including Top Gun, and spoken to numerous men's groups. He is a Field Network

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