This goes without saying, but often it is easy to forget to pray before and during a men’s breakfast. Pray about it as you are organising it, as men are inviting their friends, and during the set-up on the day.
Ideally, the venue should be neutral, such as a local sports club or community centre, although a church hall or similar will also work. The venue needs to have space for enough people to sit and eat (this depends on how many you are expecting), and kitchen facilities suitable for cooking.
Speaker and talk
A speaker from a local church or Christian organisation can work well. Topics that work well are either those grounded in the speaker’s experience, or a subject that engages with men, such as work, sport, or sex. In either case, it is important that the speaker is aware that you want clear gospel content, accessible to non-Christians. The style should be more ‘after-dinner speech’ than Sunday sermon, 15–20 minutes in length. It can be good to raise a challenging question which people can chat about afterwards.
Depending on your venue, you may need to bring some or all of your crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment with you – check this beforehand. You will need a group of volunteers with assigned roles – who will be in the kitchen, who will be serving food, who will welcome people and introduce the speaker? It is also worth deciding beforehand how food will be served – will it be brought to the tables, or will people collect it themselves? It is often easiest for guests to help themselves to cold food such as cereals, orange juice and rolls, with hot food served to the tables by helpers. It is crucial to put on a good cooked breakfast as this is a major attraction of the event! That said, logistically it is easier to aim for no more than three or four different kinds of hot food (eggs, bacon, baked beans and sausage are all simple to cook and satisfying).
Advertising is key to the success of the event, and producing a simple A6 flyer for men to give to their friends can be a real help. However, the best advert is simply men inviting their friends, so you need to reassure them that it will be a great event, and encourage them to invite at least one non-Christian friend each.
Other practical considerations
Cost – this will depend on your situation, but there are three options: make the breakfast completely free, the church(es) paying the cost; sell tickets/charge at the door to cover the cost (£2–3 per person); or make it free but leave a bowl for donations.
Timings – Saturday is the best day to hold a breakfast. Start at about 8.15 or 8.30am, allowing 10 minutes for people to arrive and then a good half-hour for people to get breakfast and eat and chat (this means the cooks need to start much earlier); then introduce the speaker. The whole thing should last about an hour (not including set-up and clear-up), so men can get back to their families and the rest of their Saturday.
Follow-up – think in advance about which other events you would like to advertise, whether further A Passion for Life events or evangelistic courses. Have fliers available and give a notice from the front after the talk.