My Barbershop Ministry

LC Stories | Author of Life from Jonathan Meisner on Vimeo.

For those of you that have been around BigIsTheNewSmall.com or have connected with me on one of my Social Media Channels; you know that I go to the barbershop every Friday.  As a matter of fact I have went to the barbershop every week for as long as I can remember and it’s now a tradition for my boys and I. Every Friday after school we hit Sonic Happy Hour and then hit the Barbershop.

In my world the traditional “Black Barbershop” is one of those great places to debate, to learn, to connect, to develop relationship, to gain wisdom, to talk sports, to talk noise and to minister.  I remember several years ago I began developing a relationship with a guy named Adam who also got his haircut every Friday.  Week after week Adam and I would talk, and I could tell this guy really had some amazing potential.  I would invite him to church all the time, but in the barbershop it would generally take a lot of work to get people to church because in most people’s eyes, I went to “The White Church.”

I kept inviting Adam for probably about a year and one weekend when I was preaching he took me up on my invitation. The cool thing is that he began attending frequently. Next thing I know he was plugged in, serving, giving, attending a small group and growing in his relationship with Christ.  He is one of the guys that I personally mentor and I can’t wait to see what God does through his life and his witness.

I remember talking with Adam one day and he said that before he ever knew that I was a pastor he watched how I carried myself in the barbershop and how I interacted with my boys for a long time.  He said that was more of a reason to check out my church than the fact that I was a Pastor.

The reality is that our lives are our biggest outreach tool.  Who are you inviting, remember people are watching and they are looking for a reason to follow God or an excuse to follow the world.

God uses all stories to shape His story.  The above video is a piece that @Jmeisner14 from Lifechurch.tv put together and it features three stories and reminds of God’s hand on our lives. One of those stories is Adam’s story.  Parts are shot in my barbershop and yes that’s by barber. I keep saying “my” because the title of this post is “My Barbershop Ministry.”  It’s amazing how The Author Of Life uses our story and even weekly conversations in the barbershop to tell his story. It’s awesome to be a part of watching Adam help shape the stories of others and especially the next generation of World Changers.

The barbershop is one of my ministries…  What daily or weekly places are you ministering in that you didn’t even realize that it was a ministry.

  • Awesome. I ‘minister’ at the local music venues in Rochester. I’ve seen some awesome fruit from going to these shows, just like you have with Adam. Love when God works through our lives and outside of the box that we call ‘church’

    • Scott Williams

      That’s awesome… you don’t even have to try to beat people over the head. Just hang, talk, love and watch God do the rest.

  • Great video Scott. The stories are inspirational.

    • Scott Williams

      Thanks Jonathan is crazy talented…

  • i always love your barbershop stories, scott! 🙂

    • Scott Williams

      smile… I see cool Christmas pics in the future

  • i so believe in outreach being most effective via YOUR lifestyle. this is why i give every opportunity to live my life before people. this is a DOPE story my friend. thanks for sharing.

    go win!

    • Scott Williams

      absolutely… bro I’ve been following you via social media and in person for years and that’s you do. Keep helping people win!

  • Coni Andress

    amen

    • Scott Williams

      🙂

  • TheJayRob

    I’m glad to see that Adam is doing well. I miss that guy. One of the best volunteers on the Host Team I’ve ever had. Be sure to tell Adam hi. Later.

  • Great post and video Scott. I think everyone should have a “barbershop”, “Walmart”, “Starbucks”, etc. ministry. As Christ followers it’s so important to understand that people are observing us whether we realize it or not. Talk is cheap, our walk is our witness.

  • Meant to comment on this the other day when I 1st watched the video. This is AWESOME!

  • Greg Nehmer

    I had a dream the night before this story came out that someone that I did not know was going to help me become a barber. The next morning on my 15 min break I read your story about barbershop ministry and a light came on inside me. Since then I have started a ministry through my church called barbershop ministry, I am providing haircuts to young kids and young men at no cost as a ministry to serve the Lord and others. I am not a trained barber but I have been cutting hair for over ten years and God used my dream and your story to give me confirmation. Our church has many adopted kids from Haiti and we live in a area that the population is mostly white and Hispanic. I am hoping to be able to help them and many others feel better about them selves by giving them a great cut and sharing the love of Christ. Thank you for this story that you have shared, Blessings.

  • I had a dream the night before this story came out that someone that I did not know was going to help me become a barber. The next morning on my 15 min break I read your story about barbershop ministry and a light came on inside me. Since then I have started a ministry through my church called barbershop ministry, I am providing haircuts to young kids and young men at no cost as a ministry to serve the Lord and others. I am not a trained barber but I have been cutting hair for over ten years and God used my dream and your story to give me confirmation. Our church has many adopted kids from Haiti and we live in a area that the population is mostly
    white and Hispanic. I am hoping to be able to help them and many others feel better about them selves by giving them a great cut and sharing the love of Christ. Thank you for this story that you have shared, Blessings.

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