8 Building Blocks of an Effective Boys Ministry
If my church wants to provide an effective ministry to the boys of our community, what would that look like? What are the key components that EVERY ministry to boys should include? Below are 8 building blocks of an effective boys ministry.
Be sure and add your own ideas and thoughts in the comments below.
Connecting Boys to a Community of Christlike Men
Boys need a place where they can connect, make friends, have fun, and learn from each other. “Boys become men in the community of men”1 and connecting them with living examples of Christlike manhood plays an essential role in developing them into Christlike men.
Lots of Hands-on Activity
Guys learn & grow by doing things together. Effective boys ministries involve lots of active, hands-on activity where boys learn through first-hand experience.
Life Skills Development
Boys grow into manhood by learning skills that empower them for success in life. Whether by building a birdhouse, changing a flat tire, operating a sound system, or throwing a football, boys develop confidence and gain identity as a man by learning new skills under the mentoring eye of men they trust.
Systematic Discipleship Process
Every boy needs a roadmap for life. A comprehensive, systematic discipleship process that covers all the core messages of scripture will provide him with the direction he needs when navigating the moral challenges of life and manhood.
Leadership & Personal Development
If “leadership is influence”2 than every boy who seeks to influence his world for Christ must be equipped with the skills he’ll need to change his world through the roles God will give him.
Multiple Service Opportunities
Boys need opportunities to serve others in ways that align with their individual talents, giftings, and interests. By giving of himself to serve others boys learn the foundational principles of the Christian faith. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NIV
Every guy wants to be valued, to be part of something big and important. Boys need to identify as part of a movement that will make him a better man and the world a better place.
Achievement & Recognition Process
Boys enjoy competition, and every boy wants to excel at something. Achievement systems provide boys with appropriate recognition for their accomplishments and can serve as a rite of passage, providing boys with a series of developmental milestones that mark their progress along the path to manhood.
1. Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis, p153
2. Developing the Leader Within you by John Maxwell, p1