Area Director FAQ’s
Here is a list of preliminary questions that we know candidates will have about the Area Director position. If you have additional questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to use the link at the bottom of this list to send us an email.
- What does an Area Director actually do?
- Is this about helping churches do men's ministry activities?
- What is the difference between the full-time and part-time positions?
- Will I have to sell things to churches?
- How does an Area Director get paid?
- God has blessed me financially and I don't need a full salary. How does that work?
- What kind of training will I receive as an Area Director?
- Is it a good value for the kingdom for me to raise this money? Wouldn't it be better for people to give this money to orphans or famine relief?
- Will I be able to raise the money?
- I work for another ministry and have already raised my personal support. Can I become an Area Director?
- I need to provide for my family. How much can I earn as an Area Director?
- Will I have health insurance and benefits as an Area Director?
- How much of the money I raise will go to the national office of Man in the Mirror?
- What do I get for this percentage?
- Can I work from my home?
- I don't live in the United States. Can I still be an Area Director?
- What are the initial commitments for newly appointed Area Directors?
- What is the difference between an Appointed Area Director and a Hired Area Director?
Area Directors work with the leadership teams of churches in their area or denomination to help them disciple men. Specifically, they offer them support, coaching, training, resources, and a flexible plan in the form of The Journey to Biblical Manhood. We’ll provide everything you need to connect with leadership teams and equip them to disciple men.
Absolutely not. If you haven't yet, please read No Man Left Behind. We help church leaders design and implement a discipleship process for their men. This may or may not include the elements that many churches associate with men's ministry. But it absolutely will involve every aspect of how men are engaging with their church.
You can see the details in the job descriptions here on the site, but both positions seek to help churches disciple their men. We have a very flexible approach to working with our Area Directors: some men don't need much or any salary, so we only require them to provide a minimum amount of funding to cover our support expenses. Others are looking to make this a career, so we train and equip them to raise the budget to sustain their regional ministry for the long-term.
No. Churches who implement The Journey to Biblical Manhood choose how much money to spend and who to spend it with. They can buy events, resources, and training from Man in the Mirror, from other publishers and ministries, or implement the free options that we identify for each challenge.
Area Directors raise the funds for their ministry budget, including ministry expenses, salary (if desired), benefits (if selected), federal/state/local taxes (if needed), and a minimum administrative fee (if applicable). These funds come from interested individuals and churches in their community. The Area Director or Associate Area Director will need to retain a minimum of five monthly financial partners for their regional ministry. Donations are made payable to Man in the Mirror.
Area Directors with another source of income or who do not need salary will only need to raise funds to cover the salary they actually take, benefits, and their ministry expenses.
If hired as an Area Director, you will receive three types of training:
1) Initial training provides the Area or Associate Area Director with a brief overview on and orientation to Man in the Mirror. Most of the initial training week is focused on the strategies, methods and tactics needed to raise the budget for the individual’s ministry. We call that Ministry Partner Development (MPD) and our training is adapted with permission from that given by CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ).
2) A second stage of training orients you to No Man Left Behind, The Journey to Biblical Manhood, and implementing a discipleship process for men in the local church.
3) This second phase also trains you on the business processes you need to be a successful Area Director – how to connect with pastors and leaders in churches, how to build a volunteer team, how to manage your time and ministry budget, and how to persuasively present your services to church leadership teams.
It is a good value for the kingdom for an Area Director to raise his support, because it will result in more men giving more money to the kingdom for years to come. For example, let’s imagine an Area Director raises $100,000 each year for his ministry.
Suppose that he is only able to help 25 churches reach 2 new men each year. (We believe we will have much higher results than this: our survey statistics show churches reaching an average of more than 12 men each.) That would be 50 men. Let’s assume that on average these men begin contributing $1,000 each to the kingdom (considerably less than a tithe to be conservative.) That is $50,000.
So, in addition to the life change for these men, in the first year half of the money that the Area Director raises is being “replaced” for kingdom causes. The next year, at least another 50 men would be reached, so now $100,000 in new donations are flowing into these churches.
In five years, the $100,000 that donors are investing in the Area Director will have turned into $500,000 for the kingdom, and it’s being invested every year!
We believe God absolutely wants churches to disciple men, and we believe Area Directors are necessary for that to happen as well as it should. So we think He will call people to be part of your ministry support.
We’ll also provide training, coaching, and support along the way. We’ll give you specific materials and presentations to help you make the case about the value and importance of your role as an Area Director.
The last thing we want to do is to poach or recruit staff from other ministries. However, if after prayer and discussion with your existing ministry leaders you feel that this position is what God is calling you to, we will help you transition to Man in the Mirror. We'll work with you to develop new donors or transition existing ones, depending on your agreement with your existing employer.
You will be able to earn a living wage that is adjusted for your experience and region of the country. Based on professional or ministerial experience, monthly salaries range from $5,500 to $8,000. Depending on your needs, part-time wages can be a pro-rated amount of the corresponding full-time salary all the way down to minimum wage for your state (you decide).
Yes, you must have health insurance to be an Area Director. For full-time Area Directors, Group medical insurance is a benefit option from Man in the Mirror if you need it. Other benefits like a 401(k) and life insurance are also available for full-time Area Directors. There are no benefit options for part-time Associate Area Directors.
Man in the Mirror applies a 14% administrative fee for Area or Associate Area Director that raise a budget to include a salary distribution. If less than $3500 per month is being raised for the regional ministry, there is a $500 monthly administrative fee for full-time or part-time positions. Area Directors can receive a portion of this back as matching funds towards their 401-k contributions.
For this portion of the funds that are raised, Man in the Mirror will handle all the administrative aspects of your ministry effort. You don’t have to form a company, establish a non-profit, or hire a bookkeeper. You also get to leverage the Man in the Mirror resources and brand – including The Journey to Biblical Manhood – in your ministry efforts with churches and men.
We’ll also provide national marketing and resource development to support you in your ministry. You’ll have access to our relationships with 30,000+ churches and most major denominations. We’ll support you with a National Director in the home office and support staff to help you connect with leaders and churches. Also, a coach is provided to help you raise the funds for your ministry. As well, if you elect the 401(k) option, the matching contribution up to 4% is included in the 14% administrative fee.
We think that you’ll agree that you will get a lot of value from the services we offer.
Yes. We expect that many Area Directors will work from a home office. You’ll be responsible to raise the funds to adequately outfit your office with standard business tools – a computer, printer, phone, etc.
Not at this time.
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