In his book Why Men Hate Going to Church David Murrow writes that women make up more than 60% of the typical congregation. The church caters to women, children, and the elderly by creating a safe, predictable environment.
In order to reach men, Murrow says that churches must “adjust the thermostat” to embrace the masculine spirit: let men lead, give them tasks, encourage pastors to show strength, and teach men through object lessons. Let them discover truth for themselves.
Two of the best outreach methods for men:
- Start rigorous mentoring programs
- Help men make friends with other men
I saw this in action yesterday as I attended my first Forge America board meeting. Forge America’s mission is to equip young people for missional church planting. Without a fresh approach to church planting, the church in the U.S. may go the way of the church in Europe. This is important stuff.
What stood out most yesterday was the passion of two board members. One owned a large marketing company that markets the Chicago Bears. The other worked on the Chicago Board Of Trade. The marketing exec seemed more passionate about our Forge America mission than he did the Bears. In the end, “success” isn’t enough, even if you are hanging out with the Bears. If all men were engaged like this guy then they wouldn’t be exiting the church in droves.
But where are men supposed to turn if the church isn’t getting it?
Do you know men who would love to be engaged in a real spiritual challenge?