3.3 Topics and Content Development
In our Archived Sessions Material under the Resources tab you will find complete weekly Men’s Ministry Sessions available for use. The sessions cover the Sunday Gospel reading for Liturgical Cycles A, B and C and follow the Liturgical Calendar for each year.
We’ve included these sessions for two reasons.
- As a help in jump starting ministries for those who may not have clergy available to attend meetings or put material together each week.
- We felt providing proven material would be the best way to demonstrate this particular model of ministry while also giving you a feel for developing solid faith sharing questions and eventually your own sessions.
As most of groups we’ve worked with meet toward the end of the week or on Saturday mornings, the men are exploring the Gospel reading they will hear read at Mass that following Sunday. This provides an opportunity to reflect, discuss and absorb readings from the lectionary within community and in a prayerful way prior to mass. We have had consistent feedback over the years that men have found this to enrich their mass experience.
In addition to sessions that cover the Sunday Gospels throughout the year, listed below are stand-alone sessions by topic and thematic sessions that cover six-week blocks. Some of these will be included in the archive for your use, but the list is intended to give you an idea of the creativity being used in developing new content at various parish men’s ministries.
Stand Alone Topics
- Church vs church
- The Sacraments
- Work/Life Balance
- Faith in Community
- Developing our Relationship with God
- Serving The Poor
- Love in the Family
- Masculinity- The Real Jesus
- Spiritual Basics
- Pain and Suffering
- Gifts and Calling
- Prayer Life
- True Self- False Self
- Advent-Preparing for Christmas
- Preparing for Lent
- Preparing for Easter
- Easter People
- The Beatitudes
- The Creeds
- The Ten Commandments
- Parenting Strong Willed Children
- For Men Only
- Men at Work
- Financial Stress
- Marketplace Employment
- Attitude Adjustment
As your ministry grows and men adjust to the small group model, it’s important to listen to what you and your Core Team leaders are hearing at the tables. Often, world events and other news can come up in discussion. If you see a pattern where your weekly discussion keeps reverting to a particular topic, it may be worthy of developing it into a complete session for discussion. As long as the focus is centered on how the topic impacts one’s faith experience, there is wide range of possibility for developing additional content for weekly sessions.
Further, the Reading Room archive, under the Resources menu is a great way to help men develop a spiritual reading practice that can stimulate discussions leading to new session material. There are so many great books out there and with enough variety, there is truly something for everyone. We encourage you to occasionally but consistently challenge the men on the importance of developing a spiritual reading habit as a support to the spiritual journey and faith life.