Many churches during Spring have events which are generally thought of as a children’s event with Easter Egg hunts, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, and the like. But did you recognize that for men leaders this is also a great opportunity to connect with the men of the community.
So now you ask, how can a children’s spring event help us connect with men? By providing something the men can partake in with their children (or maybe show-off). For instance, maybe have a Ring-A-Bell station, or a Shoot-the-Hoop station, maybe an Archery Tag Game Station to name a few. What child doesn’t like to see their Dad show off their strength or skills? What child doesn’t like to compete with their Dad – to be able to brag about beating Dad at some skill?
Whatever station you choose, have it attended by men from your men’s leadership team. This gives your men an opportunity to meet with the men attending with their children. Have a postcard or a small printed paper you can give each man that explains the men’s ministry of the church. Providing them information about the various events during the year, specific studies you may have, Father/Son or Daughter Activities. This lets the men know they are thought of and are important. You may even begin to develop relationships with men which may lead them into discipling relationships – our ultimate goal.
Often, we conduct our church wide events around children and forget it is the parents we are also trying to reach. We provide all these fun stations with the children in mind and forget the parents may enjoy being able to participate with their children in a few of the events.
Whenever you plan children events, think of the Dads who will be bringing their children. Think outside the box for ideas that you can implement to reach these Dads with the gospel and to give them a next right step. To bring them into a discipling relationship so they can in-turn disciple their families more effectively.
Together in the challenge and adventure to disciple men – Mike