What Are The Top 5 Men’s Bible Studies in 2017?
Finding great content for men can be challenging. If you’ve been looking for any amount of time, you’ll quickly realize there are not a lot of options out there. Many of the options that are available are outdated, not geared toward men, or fail to teach men how to study the Word. Here is a checklist to guide you as you look to resource your men:
- Engage every man in meaningful and relevant spiritual conversation.
- Lead a conversation not just talk at men.
- Use the Bible and teach how to study versus proof-texting with the Bible.
- Teach men “how to think” instead of just informing them of “what to think.”
- Clearly designed to move men from spectators to leaders that make disciples.
Look at some of the most well-used resources out there. We’ve ranked them for you according to the checklist above.
Bible Study Fellowship
BSF is a trusted resource used to lead groups through the habit of studying God’s Word. Started by a passionate woman, A. Wetherell Johnson, BSF has been providing churches with a “class format experience” in the Bible. Their four-fold approach includes questioning, discussion, listening and learning. Questioning and learning are emphasized outside of class time, while the discussion and listening happen within.
PROS – A long history of successful Bible study techniques used in a group setting. Heavy use of Scripture and learning how to understand the Bible. A moderate library of studies to use. And it comes at no cost for participants.
CONS – This resource is not focused on men while men do attend. BSF appeals primarily to an older audience. Hours of homework outside of the class time are expected and encouraged. This resource traditionally has predominantly been attended by women as classes sometimes occur during the workday.
After the passing of his grandfather and mentor, Vince Miller spent nearly 20 years looking for mentorship. Seeing the gap, he set out resolve this issue for men by starting Resolute. Resolute content is designed around specific goals and outcomes, has a purposeful discussion, relevant study in God’s Word, strong practical application, and a positive focus for 60-90 minute meeting.
PROS – Written exclusively for men. Videos are short and promote spiritual discussion between every participant. Easy to lead with a great result in any context. Participant Handbooks are designed beautifully. Men learn how to study the Bible during the meeting instead of being told what to think. Mentoring between group members and accountability is a designed outcome. They also continue to add to their content on a regular basis.
CONS – Newest men’s content on the market. Not designed to be done alone. Requires Internet access or video downloads (DVD’s not available). Videos and handbooks must be used together.
This resource is based on the book by Dennis Rainey. There are ten individual sessions designed for a group of men. This content will help men understand the five steps of manhood and lead them to develop their personalized action plan.
PROS – Focused exclusively on men, the workbooks offer a healthy amount group discussion questions. Scripture is used throughout to emphasize principles. The group videos are inspiring and well-produced.
CONS – There are only ten sessions available. A fair amount of homework outside the time is encouraged in the workbook. A narrow focus on courage that doesn’t cover other common issues that men experience. The video will take up the bulk of the group time with less conversation.
Man in the Mirror
This content was born in the late 80’s when Patrick Morley began leading a Friday morning Bible study for men. MIM offers a variety of resources for men’s ministry. This content has been used in many different men’s ministry contexts. They offer books, videos, and other group resources.
PROS – A broad offering of resources directed towards men. Easy to understand lessons that are very applicable to a large audience of men. Scripture used with a strong emphasis. The material addresses many common problems men face.
CONS – Resources are difficult to navigate and find on their website. Some content appears outdated in both look and feel. Most of the group time is consumed by watching a longer video. The Bible study portion is inferred with pre-drawn conclusions.
33 The Series
33 is a well-produced remake of Robert Lewis’, Men’s Fraternity. There are six different studies available that engage with topics that are relevant to men. Each study features a “training guide” that men follow along in as they watch the videos.
PROS – Focused on and geared toward men. The content is professionally laid out, and the videos have a high cinematic value. The topics addressed are relevant to issues many men encounter today. A variety of different presenters gives expert opinions within the material.
CONS – This is not a bible study. Scripture is used sparingly and studying scripture is not an emphasis. The facts and information presented about men can be discouraging. The videos are lengthy and consume most of any group time with a sermon-like feel. Some lessons are vague and lack clear application.
Dave Mergens is a speaker, leader, and associate with Resolute. He has the heart for men, ministry, and multiplication and has over a decade of experience leading youth and men. Reach out to him today if you are looking for materials for your men’s ministry or small group.