The Seven Needs of Men – #1

29 04 2015

The Seven Needs of Men  #1

The 23rd Psalm is perhaps the most commonly recited Biblical passage by people in and outside of the Christian community. It is a comforting picture of the providence of God, but it is also a description of man’s essential needs. Here are those needs expressed in the context of ministering to men. Son of God 6

  1. Men need a shepherd (v.1)

The greatest need of men is for connection to God and others. Men need to know that Christ wants that connection or union with him and will provide for his needs. Its in that relationship with Christ and other men that they can find safety, assurance and spiritual growth.

Most men will not admit that they need connecting or support but instead give off the impression of self reliance and even isolation largely due to their brokenness or wounds. The tendency to think of ministry to men as a program with a variety of activities often overlooks this fact. Just getting men to come to the Saturday breakfast, a men’s Bible study, serving in the church, or joining a fishing trip will not meet this need unless the focus is on helping them find trusted and deep relationships.

The heart of Jesus is to see men being “shepherded”, to care for them with His life (John 10:14,15). The thrust of your ministry to men should reflect that heart. Men want to know that you care and that you will offer meaningful connections or “flocks”. Don’t throw your men to the wolves by exploiting them just for their attendance or abilities to serve the church. They don’t need another thing to do but rather a place to go like a “Cheers” – “where everyone knows your name”.*

Participation is not the key to a successful ministry to men. Its more than that. What men really need are man to man connections or friendships that transcend your ministry calendar. The most important thing you can do for your men is to guide them to know Jesus as their shepherd and other men who will become their sojourners in living out their true identity as loved and cherished sons of God.

*The popular TV series that aired for 11 years in the 1980’s depicting a Boston Pub. The theme song, “Where everyone knows your name”, by Portnoy and Hart.

Next: Seven Needs #2, Men need to know how to rest in God.



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