It happened again yesterday. I attended one of those hip, contemporary churches — and almost no one sang. Worshippers stood obediently as the band rocked out, the smoke machine belched and lights flashed. Lyrics were projected on the screen, but almost no one sang them. A few women were trying, but I saw only one…
How can a church that averages 350 men, women and children on a typical Sunday, attract more than 400 guys to a first-time men’s event?
There is one major denomination in the world that welcomes equal numbers of men and women each week. This church does nothing to be hip, cool or relevant, yet men comprise at least 50 percent of its worshippers in the U.S. – and around the world.
In the U.S. churches run about 61 percent female. In Nicaragua, 70 percent is typical. In some congregations, it’s 80 percent.
When a man knows what’s going on and is in control of his situation, spiritual growth is nearly impossible. But when he is confused and off balance, he must look beyond his own power and understanding.
“While the congregation is left in the dark under dim lights, stage lights place the focus on the gifted worship leader — who has in-ear monitors and who sings songs in a key that best fits him or her. The worship leader can’t hear the congregation or see the congregation and they don’t even know that the congregation is not even singing…”