Men’s Ministry Initiative (MMI)
Men in Balance is committed to developing strong Men’s Programs in churches and synagogues nationwide. Estimates are that only about one in ten places of worship has a viable Men’s program and yet it is clearly in the best interest of the church or temple to do so:
Strong men’s programs results in greater involvement from men
Greater involvement usually results in men taking on more leadership roles
When men attend, typically the entire family attends
When men are more involved in worship and related activities, they tend to provide financial support as well
Young boys are definitely more likely to attend if the father attends
Spiritually stronger men usually means fewer divorces and other related problems within the marriage and the family unit
Additionally, according to our survey, many men do not consider themselves the spiritual leader of the family (but they would like to be) and many report they feel they are going through the motions at church instead of becoming truly committed to their own spiritual development. (For more detail about us see About Us.)
How our program works…
Our offer is simple: for $89 annually, we provide you with 12 ready-made leader guides (one each month) which any lay person can successfully useÂ to lead a Men’s program and discussion. You can see a sample leader guide by clicking here, or view a flier by clicking here. (You can also download this flyer for distribution by right-clicking on it and choosing Save Target As…) The leader guides are complete and timed to deliver a really lively discussion on the issues men deal with most (see below). Our programs are not built around softball or bowling teams, but rather open discussion of whatever is on the minds of men–especially things that might interfere with their spiritual walk. Lately discussions have included a lot of concern for economic and career issues and the very real hurt (and, in some cases, shame) men are feeling.
Supplement your program or start from scratch…
If you already have a men’s group which needs re-invigorating or more robust content, this can be exactly what you need. If you have not been able to sustain a viable men’s program, this will help you start one. Our experience is that when men attend these sessions, they “get real” with each other, opening up in a trusting environment and learning that other men are facing the same issues they face, that men can and will support each other in their own spiritual search and handling problems in relationships, faith, career, marriage as well as personal weaknesses (such as pornography or womanizing).
Also we provide you with custom fliers which you can post to boost attendance at your programs. And we place on our email list every man who signs up for your program so that he will continue to receive bi-monthly messages of importance to (and supportive of) spiritually strong men. We will soon be providing Balance Beams™ weekly emails to encourage men in their spiritual walk.
If you are interested, we offer additional consulting help in re-invigorating your Men’s Ministry. Call or email for more details or just to explore ideas.
Try the program for 90 days. If you are not convinced it is worth the investment, just call and we will cheerfully refund your subscription, no questions asked. Our mission is to help men, not to be a road block– so we’ll take your word that it is not helping in your effort to build spiritually strong men. To sign-up just send an email with your contact information and send your check separately. You can also charge your subscription to your credit card.