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Baptist Men's Day 2014

The fourth Sunday in January is the designated day in North Carolina each year for Baptist Men’s Day. Churches use this day to remind their entire congregation of the importance of Baptist Men’s ministry within the church, community, and the world.  The 80th observance of Baptist Men’s Day this year falls on January 26. But if January 26 is not a convenient date for Baptist Men’s Day in your church, please feel free to plan it for any another Sunday. 

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Initial Preparation and Planning
1. Form a planning team. This team should reflect the size of your church and Baptist Men’s group.  Those who comprise the team might include the church Baptist Men’s director, the Men’s Ministries director, the pastor or assigned staff member, and two or three other men.
2. Your planning team should begin meeting at least two months before Baptist Men’s Day. Look toward accomplishment of the following:
 - Coordinate the date with the church calendar.
 - Determine what you hope to accomplish by observing Baptist Men’s Day.
 - Plan activities to accomplish these goals.
-  Determine those needed to carry out these goals.
 - Make assignments.
 - Secure needed materials.
 - Keep a check on the progress.

Six Weeks Before

· Select a special ministry project to be completed in conjunction with Baptist Men’s Day.
        (Click here for ideas)
· Plan a Sunday morning prayer breakfast in conjunction with Baptist Men’s Day.
        (Click here for ideas on prayer - OR - here for a comprehensive Men's Ministry meeting plan.)
· Consult with your pastor about the Sunday Morning Worship Service.  (Click here for ideas).  If your         men do not participate in the service, ask your pastor to bring a challenging message to men or to             suggest a guest speaker to do so.
· Plan a recognition time during the morning or evening service for men involved in missions and                   ministries through your local Baptist Men. (Click here for a sample Baptist Men's Award Certificate)
· Select men to share testimonies of missions and ministry involvement in each adult Sunday School class.
· Select men to share testimonies of missions and ministry involvement during the service.
One Month Before

· Place announcements of Baptist Men's Day activities in the church bulletin and newsletter.
· Have a display of Men’s Ministries materials and photographs of your activities over the past year read for display in the church foyer.
· Enlist men to make announcements about Baptist Men's Day activities in all adult Sunday School classes for each of the next four Sundays.
· Begin practice for men’s choir.
· Begin creation of a short PowerPoint or other creative presentation of the past year’s Baptist Men’s activities to be shown during the worship service.
· Confirm  with those responsible for all activities you have decided upon.
· Check progress of all plans and correct anything not progressing as scheduled.

Saturday Activities

Plan a special event for the Saturday before Baptist Men’s Day.  Some suggestions are listed below. There may be other activities appropriate to your church and community.
 - Conduct a “Handyman Ministry Day” dedicated to helping those who may not be physically able to do simple household chores. This can be for church members, or as an outreach to the community.
Here is a sample form you can use to solicit requests for assistance.

 - Conduct an Outdoor Ministry Event  and/or wild game supper, incorporated with a men’s worship rally on Saturday night. Visit our Outdoor Ministry webpage.
 - Plan a Men’s Golf tournament or other outing that unchurched men could be invited to. The proceeds can go to a designated missions cause. 
 - Plan a showing of the “Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood” DVD  (session 1) for the night before Baptist Men’s Day. Plan a meal and be sure to invite unchurched men. Be ready to incorporate worshipful singing, small group discussion, and a prayer time. Use this as a kick-off to doing the rest of the ten session series with your men. 

Prayer Breakfast

A prayer breakfast is an excellent way to start your Baptist Men’s Day.  It allows men to gather for fellowship and prayer before the activities of the day.
A prayer breakfast can serve three purposes:  a) it calls men together to pray for what God is doing in their lives and the life of the church; b) it is a good way to encourage ongoing Prayer Teams; c) it can be used as a challenge to begin Prayer Teams if they do not already exist in your church.  Praying men do make a difference. Click here for some ideas on leading men in prayer.

If your church does not currently have a Baptist Men’s Ministry, perhaps this would be a good time to discuss beginning one. Call the Baptist Men’s office for starter information. Click here to access a Men's Ministry PowerPoint presentation that explains how to have a well-balanced Men's Ministry

Some churches ask the church hostess to prepare the breakfast.  In others, men prepare the food themselves or meet in a local restaurant.

Meeting Plan for Baptist Men's Day

Breakfast and fellowship. 
Welcome & opening prayer.
Promote opportunities for your men,  including: Disaster Relief Training, Local, State, National, or International Mission Projects. Go to our website for ideas.
Also Promote:
Special Baptist Men’s Day Offering.  Consider taking up a special offering to help in one of several on-going ministry needs. You can give online or make checks payable to NCBM, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Put the name of the particular ministry you wish to give to in the memo of the check.
NC Missions Conference.  Plan to attend the next  NC Baptist Missions Conference, which will be held March 21-22, 2014 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Explanation of the Men’s Ministries program in your church or a challenge to begin one. Cast a vision for your men of how this might look in your church. From the NCBM Men's Ministry Resources and Events webpage, download any number of Men’s Ministry handouts, including the manual “Men’s Ministries: A Resource for Starting and Strengthening Men’s Ministries In Your Church” or show a Men’s Ministry PowerPoint presentation. 
 5 MINUTES:   
Show a Mandate video segment.  North Carolina Baptist Men has its own YouTube channel. Current and former Mandate video segments can be found on this channel, depicting a variety of mission opportunities—such as Disaster Relief, International and National Missions, Handyman, and much more.  Click here to go to the NCBM Youtube Channel. You can stream the video from the site, or call the Baptist Men’s office to see about receiving one of these videos on DVD (according to availability): 1-800-395-5102 x 5613.
 7 MINUTES:   
Singing of praise choruses 
Scripture and Theme Interpretation  
Theme:        For The Glory of His Name
Scripture:    Romans 11:36
How often are we guilty of feeling as though we are doing God a favor by—showing up for church, putting our offering in the plate, or volunteering our time for ministry or a mission project?  At this time in our society, when it seems like those who attend church are in the minority, it may be tempting for us pat ourselves on the back for doing what God requires of us.  But  Romans 11:36 reminds us that FROM Him and THROUGH Him, and TO Him, are all things. That certainly reduces the opportunity for us to take any of the credit, doesn't’t it?
In the verses that follow (Romans 12:1-2), Paul offers a suggestion that not only is the right thing to do—and pleasing to God—it is also the thing that will bring us peace in our own lives while bringing glory to His name. He tells us to “offer our bodies as living sacrifices” to God. A sacrifice is something that is “given up”. When we sacrifice we no longer maintain ownership or control. This may be easily done with something that we see as “disposable” - like the money you drop into the offering plate or the one or two Saturdays a year you give to do a mission project - but not so easy with something that we hold so dearly—like our own lives! Many might back away from such a radical commitment. 
The way Paul recommends this is done may offer a bit of hope, but it is not any easier. Paul was an educated and well-traveled man. He had seen much of the “known world” at that time. In other words, he knew how the world worked. Most of us have been around long enough to know how the world works. Even as Christian men, we know how to “work the systems” to our advantage. But does that bring glory to God? Oftentimes not.  Paul reminds us to “not conform any longer to the pattern of this   world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Perhaps this begins with our daily understanding that our life on this earth is very temporary and precious. We can use what time we have to gain glory for ourselves, or to bring glory to His name. Those who seek glory for themselves will have their reward here. Those who seek to bring glory to God’s name will gain something much greater. 
Paul reminds us of the rewards that come from such a sacrifice and daily renewal of our minds. “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Wouldn't’t we all like to know what God’s will is for our lives! Think of how liberating and freeing that would be! When we are free to be the men God created us to be, we are better able to bring Glory to His Name!
Discussion. Ask men to gather in small groups of three to discuss the following questions:
1. Why do you think we sometimes fall into the trap of feeling like we are doing God a favor?
2. What can we practically do each day to “renew our minds” so that we do not fall into conformity to the world’s patterns?
3. In what ways might we as men give our lives as a sacrifice to God? How can we make sure doing these things bring Glory to God’s name and not to our own?
Prayer time in small groups.
Divide men into groups of three. Ask each man to share two things: 1) a prayer request on behalf of someone else, and 2) a specific prayer request for himself. Once these are shared the group should go immediately into prayer. The leader should then close the session with prayer at around the nine-minute mark.  

Baptist Men's Day Worship Service

Baptist Men’s Day is an opportunity to build the worship services around the laymen of the church. Make this a special day for them.  By doing so, the family is strengthened. One of the greatest needs of our society is for strong Christian male role models.  By recognizing the contributions of the men of the church, those role models are made visible.

Work with your pastor to plan the service.  Recognize one or two outstanding members of the Baptist Men.  Present them with a certificate of appreciation. (Click here for an additional certificate.)

Beyond the tradition of men handing out bulletins, taking up the offering, and singing in a men’s choir, you may also want to enlist men to read Scripture, give a short testimony, or share a meaningful song.

One option would be to build the service around men sharing personal testimonies of their salvation experience and missions involvement.  Give at least three men five minutes each to share about their conversion and personal ministries.  Include participants of local, national and/or international mission projects, as well as individuals who have become active in men’s small groups and other spiritual development activities for men.

You might also consider allowing a time to let the men report on their activities from their Mission Action Team, small group, or prayer team during the past year.  Ask the pastor to sum up these activities and to bring a challenge for the future.