To give you an idea of
what the ceremony might look like, you can view a video of an actual
Setting: We suggest conducting
the ceremony at the conclusion of an event. Perhaps at the end of
a leadership meeting, small group study, men’s retreat, pastoral
staff day of prayer, or leadership conference.
will need: Prepare in advance for the ceremony. You’ll
need one of the following for each person being inducted:
- A red bandanna.
- A copy of the one
page document “The Fellowship of the Red Bandanna.”
(Click here for PDF
versions of the document.) Print the document on nice stationary
or award-quality paper.
- Read the story of
the Fellowship of the Red Bandanna. You can read the story directly
from the one-page “Fellowship of the Red Bandanna.”
Or, you can play the video that tells the story. (Click
here to view the video)
- Read the commitment
section of the document, emphasizing that these leaders are committing
to help reach every man in America with a credible offer of Christ
and the resources to grow. Use the phrases, “You are
willing to go up while others are coming down” and
“you are saying to other men, ‘Follow me, I know
- Invite each person
to come up to you one at a time to receive their red bandanna.
- As they individually
come up to you, extend your right hand and say “I welcome
you into the Fellowship of the Red Bandanna.”
- Give them their red
bandanna. Have an assistant give them their copy of “The
Fellowship of the Red Bandanna” document.
- Close in a commissioning
prayer for the new inductees. Be sure to pray for their walk with
the Lord and God’s power to anoint them for reaching men.