Father’s Day and Men’s Ministries Day is right around the corner! Here are seven ideas for you to utilize in your own church.
- Host a Men’s Ministries Day
Just like Mother’s Day celebrates every woman, you can celebrate all of the men in your church, regardless of whether they have biological children or not! Since Men’s Ministries Day is also Father’s Day, work with your Men’s Ministries director to plan a day that involves all the men in your church.
- Preach a Father’s Day Sermon
IPHC Men’s Ministries has provided a sermon outline entitled “Equipping Men to Win” based off of Ephesians 6:10-18. Feel free to download this outline and customize it to fit with your church! DOWNLOAD HERE.
- Utilize your Resources
The men in your church are a great resource! Ask for volunteers to help with your Men’s Ministries day. Be creative with new projects that men can get involved with.
- Honor the Men
Too often we see Father’s Day used as a day to reprimand the men in the church; that they need to “step up” and “be real men”. Instead, take an opportunity this Father’s Day to thank the men in your church for their hard work! Remember, they’re there. At church! That’s an achievement on its own!
- Plan a Guy-Friendly Activity
If your Sunday morning service is already booked, host a special activity for Men’s Ministries Day! A Men’s Breakfast or cookout is a great way to include the men in your church and your community.
- Give a Small Gift
If you can, a small gift is a great way to include all the men in your church. Even something as simple as a cookie would be appropriate. Another option would be to have a photographer set up a backdrop and offer free family and friend pictures.
- Pray a Blessing
Whatever you may plan to do for your Men’s Ministries Day, don’t forget to include a time of prayer for your men at the end of your service. Pray a prayer of blessing over the men and include a time for them to pray over the next generation of men in your church, down to the youngest of boys. This would be a great opportunity to include your Boy’s Ministry and Student Ministry leaders as well!
The Rev. Mr. W. A. Mills, Jr. served for 32 years as a pastor in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, including 12 years in North Carolina and 21 years in Buena Vista, Virginia. W. A. has preached in camp meetings, revivals, men’s conferences, and pastors’ conferences within and outside the IPHC. He is as a member of the Appalachian Conference where he served one term as an executive council member. W. A. serves as vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holmes Bible College in Greenville, SC.
Having served 12 years on the General Men’s Ministries Board, prior to his appointment as General Director of Men’s Ministries in February 2018, W. A. assumed office on July 1, 2018 following the retirement of Rev. Bill C. Terry. He now makes his home in Oklahoma City. W. A.’s passion is to lead men in becoming authentic men who in the words of Robert Lewis, “reject passivity, accept responsibility, lead courageously, and expect the greater reward, God’s reward.”
Widowed in April of 2016, W. A. is the proud father of three young adult children, Rachel, married to David Wilson, Tre married to Megan Amato Mills, and Hannah Nicole Mills. W. A. is the grandfather of two very special grandchildren, Gabriel David Wilson and Calla Ruth Wilson.