We are so enjoying doing these Husband of the Blogger Link Ups each month, where Owen gets a chance to come on the blog and share his thoughts! If you have missed our first two installments, you can find those here and here.
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Our theme for this month is Men’s Ministry in the Church, and I am super excited to share with you the awesome points Owen shared on this topic. Here we go!
1. What is one way that the church could better cater to the needs of men?
Provide an escape for husbands and fathers. Something like a game night, movie night, competitions, shop classes. Provide an opportunity to relax, vent, or learn. And couple said activities with times of prayer and reflection.
I loved this idea! As he elaborated on it with me after having typed up his answers, he shared how he thought a great get-together for the men in our churches these days would be to have a time where a different man could come each time to teach various skills like woodworking, etc., and then end the meeting in a Bible study/prayer time. I thought that was such a great idea!
2. What are ways that you would like to see men more involved in the church?
I would love to see men in the church stepping up to support other families, both inside, and outside of the church. Helping the widows and orphans like the Bible teaches, for example.
3. What do you think the church is missing in ministering to men?
Coming from such a great church, it’s hard for me to answer this one. I seem to learn something about my strengths and weaknesses as a father and husband every time I attend church. I guess I would want the church in general to be more like MY church (boastful, I know).
haha We are definitely very blessed to be a part of such a great church, that truly does live and serve as the Body of Christ should.
4. How do you think men can come together to better minister to one another in church?
Keep each other in check. In the military, we are always trained to stay close to our wingman and to keep tabs on them. That goes for when we are deployed, AND when we are at our home station. Sometimes, the only thing that stands between the other guy in church and a big mistake, is you. Learn about each other’s likes and dislikes, what makes them tick, and most importantly, what is considered “normal behavior” for them. If you can pick up that something is wrong, you can ask if you can help.
I was super inspired by this answer and encouraged to be this kind of friend and accountability partner to my own friends!
5. As a church family, how can we, women, best minister to the men in the church?
4 words: Stand by your man! In my opinion, the best ministry to your husband and to others is to demonstrate the love you proclaimed for your husband on your wedding day. Also, (as if women need to be told this) befriend the other wives in the church to better encourage them to do the same for their husbands.
Love this! True Titus 2 living, I’d say!
A big thank you to my hubby, Owen, for sharing these great thoughts and ideas with us today! If you ladies want to join in our Link Up, we would love to hear your husband’s thoughts, too! Just drop them in the comments or leave a link to your own blog post. 🙂