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Sunday BMD Gathering

A men’s gathering is an excellent way to start your Baptist Men’s Day.  It allows men to gather for fellowship, a spiritual challenge, and prayer before the activities of the day.This gathering can serve three purposes:
 
  1. It calls men together to discover what God is doing in their lives and the life of the church;
  2. It is a good way to encourage ongoing relationship-building among men;
  3. It can be used as a challenge to begin small groups (prayer or book study) if they do not already exist in your church.
Some churches ask the church hostess to prepare a breakfast for this. In others, men prepare the food themselves or meet in a local restaurant. When praying men come together, it makes a difference!

If your church does not currently have a Baptist Men’s Ministry, perhaps this would be a good time to discuss beginning one. Utilize the information and resources on the Men's Ministry Website to help you with this..
A Suggested Schedule for Baptist Men's Day Gathering
Also Promote:
Special Baptist Men’s Day Offering.  Consider taking up a special offering to help in one of several on-going ministry needs. Refer to our “Donate” page to see a list and description of possibilities.  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.

North Carolina Missions Conference.  Plan to attend the NC Baptist Missions Conference, which will be held April 14-15, 2023 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte.

Men's Outdoor Weekend. Come join us for an inspiring weekend of outdoor fun and fellowship for men on May 5-6, 2023 at Camp Caraway in Asheboro.  Skeet, rifles, pistol shoot, tomahawk throw, archery, fishing, and more!  Click here for more information.
 
  • 10 minutes:  Explanation of the Men’s Ministries program in your church or a challenge to begin one.  Go to our Men's Ministry webpage to view information about how to have a well-rounded ministry to men in your church on a consistent basis. Cast a vision for your men of how this might look in your church. 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, also found on our Men's Ministry Resources and Events Page.

  • 5 minutes:  Show a missions video segment from the BOM Vimeo Channel. Mission videos, depicting a variety of opportunities - such as Hurricanes Dorian and Florence Recovery, International and National Partnerships, Mission Camps, Handyman, and much more -  can be shown or downloaded from this channel.

  •  7 minutes:  Singing of two praise choruses 

  • 10 minutes:  Scripture & Theme  Interpretation  

    Theme:          Living on Mission    
    Scripture:       John 20: 21

Early in my career with Baptists on Mission I  led a mission team to the Southern African country of Lesotho (Luh-sue-too). While there we traveled to remote villages high in the mountains. For the most part, the chiefs of the villages were welcoming, and called their people together to give us opportunity to present the Gospel message. Often we started by asking the question, “Do you know who Jesus is?” Frankly, I was very surprised that almost everywhere we went in these remote villages, the answer was, “Oh yes. Jesus is the son of God”. (Many had been taught at Catholic schools.) But we soon discovered that a follow-up question revealed the true spiritual understanding of most we met. “Do you know what Jesus has done for you?” Silence. It was then that we were able to share about a Savior and what he had sacrificed for all people. 
 
I learned a good lesson in Lesotho that has served me well over the years. Those two questions are simple—and very effective. You certainly do not have to go to remotest Africa to find people who might be able to give you an answer to the first question—but have no clue how to answer the second. The mission field is all around us.
 
Our purpose at Baptists on Mission is to help churches involve men, women, and students in mission. There are many platforms we utilize to accomplish this. In all, nineteen ministries. Volunteers serve hot plates of food, cut trees off of houses, patch roofs, wash clothes, and provide showers after a disaster like Hurricane Ian. Teams serve in areas of our nation like Appalachia, Pennsylvania, New England, and Alaska doing children’s ministry, sports clinics, block parties, and construction projects. Young people gather together for a week of mission service to the community through Deep Impact and Deep Impact Kids camps. Mission camps and Rebuild Centers provide housing, meals, and meaningful service for volunteers to do right here in our own state. 
 
All of these ministries require the use of some kind of supplies, materials, skillset, and tools. All of them also provide opportunity to do the most fundamental act of any mission—share the Gospel of Christ.  Since my  journey to Lesotho I have always encouraged mission volunteers to include two vital “tools” to the list of items they plan to take with them. That is, two questions—”Do you know who Jesus is?” and “Do you know what Jesus has done for you?”  Armed with that, and the Holy Spirit, as Christ promised, we can be living on mission anywhere, and at any time. 
                                                                                                                                                                                 - Mark Abernathy
 
  • 10 minutes:  Discussion

Ask men to gather in small groups of three to discuss the following questions:

             1. Where do you think missionaries are needed the most?
             2. What are the basics of the Gospel message? Together, decide what you would share with an unbeliever if you only had a few                   minutes to do so. 
             3. What might “Living on Mission” look like for you? What changes, if any, might you need to make in order to do so. 

 

  • 10 minutes:  Prayer time in small groups.

Divide into groups of three. Encourage each man to pray for the confidence and opportunity to share a simple, but accurate plan of salvation. Pray for open eyes and an open heart to toward those around us who might not know what Jesus has done for all of us—and specifically for them. The leader will close the session with prayer around the nine-minute mark.

 

 

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