A new men's magazine has been launched - but this is no competitor to FHM, Front or Arena. Instead it is a free magazine produced by Baptist Men's Movement to help churches with men's ministry.
Ten copies of Men Matters is currently being sent to every Baptist church in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and to churches taking part in The Bigger Breakfast on Saturday 11 October.
The breakfast is an attempt to break the world record for the most men eating breakfast at the same time. More than 70 churches across the UK and three in Texas have signed up, and will host breakfasts in pubs, homes and churches.
Features include an exclusive interview with Arthur White, a member of Tough Talk and a World Champion power lifter, and Alick Sutherland, a Christian landlord, whose pub is being used by churches in Waterlooville, Hampshire as a Bigger Breakfast venue.
BMM is also using The Bigger Breakfast to launch a series of free factsheets on sensitive issues that matter to men, including prostrate cancer and pornography. Each factsheet will be available to download free of charge from the BMM website from 11 October.
Suitable for use in small groups, pastoral care or even individual study, each factsheet will offer Scriptural insights and pertinent comment on the issues, along with some questions for groups to answer.
"We're delighted at how churches are responding to The Bigger Breakfast," says Phil Creighton, BMM vice president. "We want the day to kick start ministry to men across the UK, and these will be terrific resources for churches.
"We encourage churches to establish men's groups again, even if it's just a casual meeting down the pub once a month. Our factsheets will help make planning events easier."
At the annual conference, to be held in Coventry in March, Mr Creighton will become the BMM's youngest-ever president.
More details can be found at www.biggerbreakfast.co.uk.
Baptist Men's Movement launches new men's magazine
Published 22 September 2008