The Five Types of Men
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (I Corinthians 9:19)
Very successful coaches have one thing in common: They make sure they know their players! The same axiom goes for those leading men – You need to know your men and where they are! You need to know their strengths, their interests, and their passions to minister to them effectively.
Here are the different types of men based on their spiritual journey that we have identified:
- Natural Man: A man who needs Christ. This is a man with little or no Biblical knowledge and may only be peripherally attached to your church (child goes to VBS; works with a member; etc.), if at all. His focus is on ME!
- Cultural Christian: He has one foot in the church and one foot outside the church. May have accepted Christ into his life, but has not grown any deeper in their relationship. They keep you at arm’s length when it comes to personal matters. His focus is on ME and then God.
- Biblical Christian: These are men who follow Christ and are intentionally growing spiritually. These are the easiest men to work with because they are involved and show up to events when invited. His focus is on GOD and his relationship with God.
- Servant Leader: These are the men who may not be up-front guys, but they help other men grow through their service. His focus is on GOD and Others.
- Hurting Men: Goes across all the other categories. These men are going through some type of crisis (lost a job; issues with parents; lost a loved one, etc.). It is important to know this type because during a time of crisis is when people are open to hearing the Gospel.
For a more in-depth look at The Five Types of Men check out this 45 minute Webinar located at www.maninthemirror.org/webinars/archive#10FEB2015.