Here’s what we know about men’s groups:
They don’t work the same as women’s groups or the same as couples groups. And when we try to make them work the same, they usually don’t last.
We also know men’s groups are important. But there’s got to be a better way!
So we spent over a year praying, talking with guys just like you, and brainstorming how we can provide the best men’s group experience possible. And God gave us a fresh vision for what men’s groups can look like at Brazos Fellowship. For the past six months we’ve been testing out this new way of doing men’s groups and it has gone remarkably well.
Here’s what we’ve discovered:
- Groups of 3-4 men work best. If possible it’s good to have 3-4 men who already know and trust each other. We know that’s not always possible, so we’re going to provide opportunities from time to time to connect with other men.
- Meeting consistently is imperative. We know things come up sometimes that make it impossible, but meeting once a week works best. Meetings shouldn’t last longer than one hour.
- It doesn’t require one person to be the leader. It just requires one person to say, “let’s do this!”
- Simpler is better. So we’ve created a framework that is simple to follow every time the group meets. Here’s what that framework looks like:
Choose a passage of scripture to read each week. The easiest thing is to go through a book of the Bible and read a chapter or two a week. Guys should read this on their own during the week. A couple of things we recommend:
1. Start with the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John)
2. Everybody use a Life Application Study Bible
When you meet you’ll talk through four questions as they relate to the scripture from that week. You can get more help with how to answer these below, but here they are in order:
1. Who is God?
2. What does God do?
3. Who am I?
4. What will I do?
The last of those four questions is really the application question–What will I do? This is where accountability comes in as everybody should have an action plan for what they are going to do in light of the scripture passage.
Pray together. You can do this as an entire group or break into smaller groups of two. During your prayer time everybody will answer three questions. These questions will guide your prayer time as you pray for each other:
1. What do I need to start doing?
2. What do I need to stop doing?
3. What do I need to keep doing?
5. FOLLOW UP
Dismiss. But keep in touch throughout the week to check in with each other and ask how they’re doing with what they said they need to start, stop, and keep doing.
Let’s Do This!
When you’re ready to get started, ask 2 or 3 other guys to get started with you and follow the framework provided. Simple as that! If you need some help finding some other guys be watching because we’re going to provide opportunities from time to time to meet other guys looking for the same thing. Click the button below to let us know you’re doing this.