Sleeping Giant: The New Year’s REVOLUTION
- Thursday, January 03, 2013
On the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. For the church, 2013 is the year of the Man. New Year’s Revolution is afoot. God’s movement of men within the church is exploding!
Most pastors dream of having a strong and vibrant men’s community that is driving the mission and vision of their local churches. In the past, this dream rarely became a reality because there was no compelling vision for men that is articulated, visible, and connected to a meaningful process in the church context.
So it’s no surprise why men remained affiliated versus activated in the local church. That sad reality is on the church, not on the men: It is because we haven’t painted the target! Men like clear targets they can hit, nothing new here.
On the flip side, if there is a strong vision, a defined process that helps a man realize it, and results that make men stakeholders in the ongoing success of the church’s mission — men long for that kind of significance: that would be new!
After 23 years of ministering to men, I tell pastors they have a “sleeping giant” right now in their congregations. That sleeping giant is called men. All it takes is a resonating strategy to move them from being just affiliated to activated for God’s purposes. This is the next relevant revolution sweeping the church.
This strategy has been documented in my book Sleeping Giant, outlining a revolutionary Spiritual Pathway for men within the church. It has been pastor-developed and church-tested over the last 10 years. The Sleeping Giant pathway has been proven to work in any size church.
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Sleeping Giant concentrates on four phases for men, and starts with a very simple invitation:
1) Get In
When a man commits to pursuing and deepening his male friendships in a safe group context, he will sustain momentum to grow spiritually and achieve personal changes faster than he ever could on his own. The Sleeping Giant model emphasizes getting guys “in” with other guys who share a personal commitment to become better men and grow spiritually. That could be a weekly men’s group. It could be the men in your couples group meeting on a separate day of the week. It could be some guys from work having coffee once a week. It could be a meeting of men at church or at a conference that connects you to other men who seek God’s purpose for their lives and relationships.
2) Get Healthy
Men are like icebergs in the sense that they only reveal the tip of who they are and what is happening in their lives. But underneath the waterline of their lives are a host of issues that are producing enormous stress and pressure morally, relationally, maritally, professionally, and emotionally. That reality and the needs they reflect are what make step two of the pathway — “Get Healthy” — resonate.
Men need to go after core health in their own character and relationships, through open discussion where men share who they are and what is really happening in their lives. If the most real and relevant issues remain unaddressed and untouched, the rest of what a man may learn or accomplish through his connection with other men will be short-lived in both his life and church contexts. This involves an open discussion of temptation and compromise (moral health), view of women and marriage (marital health), leadership in the home (family health), and how masculine friendship and accountability work (relational health).
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