"To be honest, we men generally don't want to hear this instruction because it goes against the grain of our sinful nature," he said. "Our tendency is to try to be 18-year-old teenagers, and responsibilities only get in the way."

Furthermore, a feminist culture adds some resistance, he said. "Male leadership is condemned as patriarchy, and this makes men hesitant to assert themselves as leaders. We cannot let modern revolt against biblical mores undermine our confidence in the inspired instructions of the Word," Garrick insisted.

Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, has adopted a multifaceted approach to men's ministry. A Bible study at 6:30 each Friday morning that reaches 400-700 men weekly, men's small groups and a mentoring program known as Project Timothy make up the discipleship aspect of the church's men's ministry.

An annual sportsman's feast along with regular service opportunities outside the church walls are among the most important evangelistic ministries for men at Prestonwood.

"Our sportsman's feast is designed as outreach," said Bill Borinstein, Prestonwood's minister of spiritual development. "We challenge our guys to buy a table and fill it up with unchurched men. Last year we had 1,400 men come to that. Each year we've had it, we've had numbers of salvations and rededications and commitments."

The men's ministry's mission statement at Prestonwood is "to biblically equip men to be the spiritual leaders in their home, their church and their place of business." Borinstein said the ministry strives to fulfill that mission by preaching the Word of God and exalting Christ.

"We feel like when we start challenging people, we're going to push them away," he said of typical men's ministries. "But I think the exact opposite happens."

David Roach is a freelance writer in Louisville, Ky. This story first appeared in the Southern Baptist Texan, online at www.texanonline.net.
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