LMM UpdateBy Norm Smith, LMM PACE
Inter-Generational Men’s Ministry (I-GO Model): Please view/download the first of a series of “white papers” we are publishing relating to inter-generational (young men’s) ministry. One thing we know is that this ministry is not just about getting men of various ages to attend things. This is about relationships! This white paper is your step by step guide in how to develop meaningful relationship with men of different (younger) ages. Our hope is that you will read this and put it into practice in your own life, congregation and synod. Please feel free to copy this spread it around! This and other white papers will eventually be found on our website – lutheranmeninmission.org.
The 3 Is of the I-Go Model are: Identify. Invite. Invest.
The I-GO model is a simple organic strategy that provides a three-step process for building relationships with young men. It is based on the three “I”s of relationship building (identifying, inviting, and investing) and upon the conviction that “I will go” and do this. In this model, you don’t have to wait to get going. You just go and do it.
What young man has God put in your life? With whom do you have a natural connection – a grandson, an employee? Perhaps it’s the guy who works at the clubhouse, your neighbor, or your friend’s son.
Whoever it is, identify a young man with whom you can connect.
Take a risk and get to know him. Ask questions. Find out what makes him come alive. Invite him into conversations. Then invite him to do something with you. Maybe it is fishing, maybe it is dinner. Make use of shared interests.
Develop an ongoing relationship with the young man. Have a biweekly Bible study, a weekly [disc] golf outing, a monthly time to work on cars together, or a regular invitation to have supper together. Find something that works for you. As you do something together, learn his story, and share yours. Listen and be real. Live your life transparently and honestly, allowing him to see the real you. Let meaningful conversations just happen. Watch as God changes both of you.
Again, for the complete “white paper,” please CLICK HERE.
If you have any questions about Lutheran Men in Mission Activities or would like additional information please look at our website at http://www.lutheranmeninmission.org/ or contact me at 913-706-0291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.