Our church is starting up a men’s ministry called M.A.N. We haven’t had a specific men’s ministry for a number of years and five months or so ago, I felt the Lord tapping me on the shoulder to revamp it.
The previous ministry was known as MUGGS. Which was the acronym for Men Under God’s Grace. While I like the meaning; I don’t actually like the acronym and didn’t know it existed when I approached our elders about revamping the ministry. I don’t like it because in many ways its like a back handed compliment that doesn’t actually build men up; instead by calling guys ‘Muggs” it denigrates them in many ways. For my overseas readers, calling someone a “Mug” is a derogative term.
However back to the revamped name. M.A.N stands for Men of Action and Networking. And its been interesting watching the body language when I have shared the vision of the revamped ministry with the men in the church. I see a glint of appreciation form in their eyes. The body posture held higher and the shoulders thrown back that little bit more with their heads held higher.
And indeed its right that men should walk tall. We shouldn’t walk tall so we can lord it over others. We should walk tall, because God has created us all: male and female to walk tall. And if us men can walk tall, we can encourage all others to walk tall within a framework of mutual love and respect. And likewise empower our children to walk tall.
I have chosen the following verse to be our thematic passage.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
And within that framework of ministry we will endeavour to empower men to be MEN who Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly with our God. And within the framework of Action and Networking with each other, indeed we as men will have a right to call ourselves men and walk with our heads held high!