Jump directly to the Content


The following was purportedly found on the desk of a beleaguered associate pastor responsible for men's ministry.

Memo to: Self

Re: Quarterly evaluation of men's fellowship meetings-by topic, format, and time offered.

What worked:

Preferred topic-the rambling religious analogies from a former all-conference basketball player who played pro ball for two years in Italy.

Favorite format-twenty minutes of shootin' the breeze, followed by lots and lots of barbecued ribs.

Best time-Saturday morning at 7 A.M. A little early for ribs, but no one seemed to mind.

What didn't:

The topic-"The Gospel of John: Its Interrelationship with the Essene Community."

Format-ninety minutes of mime and interpretive dance, followed by sharing over a salad-bar lunch.

Time-5 P.M. on Super Bowl Sunday (though the guys wearing a Walkman didn't seem to mind).


Despite what we learned in seminary from Dr. Walker-Jones, our group may not be ready for a more introspective and artistic approach to Bible study. This would ...

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

VBS Is More Than a One-Off Event; It's an Investment
VBS Is More Than a One-Off Event; It's an Investment
4 ways to use this one-week program to ignite year-long discipleship.
From the Magazine
Libraries Aren’t Safe, But They Are Good
Libraries Aren’t Safe, But They Are Good
Amid controversies and threats of defunding, Christian public librarians work for the good of their communities.
Editor's Pick
Come Ye Pastors, Heavy Laden
Come Ye Pastors, Heavy Laden
Learning to walk under the weight of ministry's many hats.