When it comes to events, do less and do them better – much better.
Enthusiasm and success can often lead to excess. I have seen this in my own church and in hundreds of churches across the Northeast. A team of men put something on for the men in their church and the men actually come! Wow!The organizers are surprised (shocked) at the turnout, and they immediately organize several other similar events. Sooner or later the men stop coming and what was once a true entry level event for men associated with the local church has turned into a small group of the same men.
The most common example of this is the monthly Saturday breakfast. In 1994, I called 110 churches all over the New England Region and asked them two questions.
The first question was, “Do you have a men’s ministry?” – 102 out of 110 churches said yes.
My second question was, “What does it look like?” – 78 of the 102 said ‘men’s breakfast’. Most of these were one Saturday per month.
When I had the opportunity to dig a little deeper I found that in most cases, fewer than 20% of the men in the church on Sunday morning would ever come to one of these monthly breakfasts. Because New England churches are relatively small, this meant that many of these monthly breakfasts had ten or less men. A few observations on the Saturday morning breakfast followed by a few suggestions:
*Note how a small adjustment brings the following changes:
– you do less breakfasts
– the breakfasts that you do host are better
– there is less ongoing labor is involved
– the monthly men can continue to meet under the radar
– a true entry point for men is born
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