How to host a church or community-wide gathering

Work with your pastors to identify a 9 week block for the sessions and opportunities to promote the series. The intent is for men to come together in the sanctuary or large room with projection and sound. A host will open the session, show the DVD series as well as create and hand out the notes for the sessions.

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These sessions are about an hour, so plan for a 90 minute session with 15 minutes on the front and back ends. Research shows that men bond when they have an environment where they can develop relationships and be vulnerable. It also shows that men want to come together as men of the church. So gatherings provide the opportunity and environment.

1. CHOOSE THE BEST SETTING.

Men of the Word has been designed to be used as a DVD presentation via a church's main projection system. The teaching segments are hosted by a man in your group each week. So look to position the event in a room that supports the number of anticipated attendees - be it the sanctuary or meeting room.


2. SCHEDULE THE EVENT ON THE CHURCH'S CALENDAR

Most church programs fall into a two-semester pattern, starting the first half of the series in early fall and ending before Christmas, and then starting the second half after the first of the year. With men, it has been found that the most highly attended meeting time is on a weekday from 6:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m..


3. PROMOTE THE EVENT

The most effective promotion within the church is to: 1- have a bulletin insert 6 weeks before the seminar 2 - have the host promoted from the pulpit and create an accompanying power point slide and show 60 sec video 3 - send out an email through the men's group and 4 - put in your bulletins as a reminder for the weeks leading up to the start date. (Click here for free down load of Bulletin insert, Power Point and 60 sec video)


4. DISCUSSION KEEPS MEN INVOLVED.

Make sure every man has his workbook to help him apply the truths from each weekly presentation and discussion times.


5. SMALL GROUPS /TEAMS ARE BIG PART OF FOLLOW UP AND ENGAGEMENT.

This series not only provides a frim spiritual foundation for your men, but a feeder opportunity to place men in small groups-teams of 12. Ensure to promote your men's ministry and provide sign up for the men to be placed on teams for ongoing accountability, teaching and support.