Wild Game Dinners: Is there a BEST day of the week?

Wild game dinners are a seriously strong asset for reaching men. Men's ministry comes in all shapes and forms, but if you're looking to reach hunters and anglers, wild game dinners have got to be in your normal rotation. Why? Because wild game dinners are the best front door you can have for reaching outdoorsmen. ​The Question I'm Asked Most OftenGetting to speak across this nation to scores of hunters is the single greatest form of fun in ministry that I've had to this day, even after 25 years of ministry endeavors. Wild game dinners are a favorite of mine because wild game dinners offer an ecosystem where a host of a man's values come crashing together: food, free gear, storytelling, and from an evangelism perspective, a captive audience who share my core values in terms of a love for hunting. ​The question I'm most often asked by event planners is, "Jason is there as best day of the week to have a wild game dinner?" My answer is: yes. There absolutely is a better day to host an event, and it's Thursday. ​Thursdays For Wild Game Dinners?Here's what you have to understand up front. ​We're not talking about some massive event for men that has 15 moving parts. Wild game dinners are not meant to be the end all, catch all, for your answer to men's ministry. In fact, the greatest failures ... by far ... that I see in terms of wild game dinners is when churches try and do too much in one single event. My word, I've seen churches offer ropes courses and go kart rides for kids,...
Youth Hunting Gear: 7 Items That Actually Work For Waterfowl

Youth Hunting Gear: 7 Items That Actually Work For Waterfowl

Finding youth hunting gear that is worth your money is insanely difficult; that is, if you’re looking for gear that actually works, isn’t cheap, poorly engineered, or just all out cotton which is useless in many cases. I’ll never forget the process of introducing Cole to duck hunting several years ago. I honestly had to retrain my mind on everything, and it started with youth hunting gear. His first duck. With a legendary dog GRHRCH "Max" We were planning on hunting flooded timber. About two weeks before the hunt I was driving down the road and it hit me like a 2x4 to the face: we can’t hunt this timber hole, because water that is waist deep on me is going to be over his waders. Wait. We can’t hunt a pit either. He can’t see over the top of the pit. The same is true for a sled blind. He can’t shoot over the rail. Those were the thoughts that came rushing in to my head. Talk about a rude awakening. We were 2 weeks from the hunt. This duck hunt was all he could think about, and all I could think about is how I’m going to pull it off, keep him warm, and hopefully get him a chance to kill a duck. We were able to figure out the hunting situation, but that was only half the battle. The other half was keeping him warm, comfortable, and having a good time. To do that, I had to think long and hard about youth hunting gear designed for a 7 year old. And friend, let me tell...
How To Secure Wild Game Dinner Speakers

How To Secure Wild Game Dinner Speakers

Finding wild game dinner speakers for your event is not always an easy task, and to find a good one, well, that's even tougher. Wild game dinners and speakers are not always the best combination. Why? Because just because a guy is a hunter doesn't mean he's a great speaker for your wild game dinner. So, what do churches often do? Get a preacher to do it. EVEN WORSE. Why? Just because a preacher has shot a squirrel with his grandaddy 30 years ago doesn't mean his a gospel communicator to the hunting world. Find the right communicator - in terms of wild game dinner speakers - and it can be nothing short of amazing at what God does at your event. Find the wrong one, and it's a total nightmare. ​[read more on that here about deceptive tactics wild game speakers use]For the last 23 years I've been speaking and preaching across the nation. I've made about every mistake you could make, but that's going to work out for your benefit, because you can avoid those same mistakes. ​​This video below is a compilation of truths I've learned along the way about how to secure the best speaker for your wild game dinner. I hope it helps. ​Jason Cruise is a published author and speaker. He is the host of Spring Chronicles on Sportsman Channel....
Men’s Ministry: Start Where You’re Standing

Men’s Ministry: Start Where You’re Standing

Men's Ministry and influence are forever tied together. The entire point of men's ministry is that you can influence men to move the Kingdom of God forward in the lives of men who are leading families toward Christ-like journeys that last through the struggle. I've seen a trend, however, in men's ministry when it comes to doing what I do within the hunting community. I notice a lot of men envy other ministries or ministry personalities. Envy can show up in subtle forms. Envy, like every other sin, is often a quiet start in a direction far away from God. My experience is that sin tends to start small, you tend not to notice it so much, because something as subtle as envy feels a long way from stealing or murder. You'd be stunned at how often I hear men talk about how they wish they could have a place in the world of men's ministry that has big impact. A foothold of sorts, where their lives make a difference. The truth is, they already have it, but they don’t see it. A man will often look at what he wishes he had, instead of looking at what he actually has in front of him. It’s the devil’s way of keeping a man on the bench while he entertains the thought of waiting to get into the game. “You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.”     - Jesus -  My grandfather fought in World War II. He said he’d been reassigned to a unit that, in his words, “had a...