What the world’s largest automaker can teach the church about reaching men
Studies have shown a clear statistical link between church growth and the enthusiastic participation of laymen. The more men a church has, the more likely it is to be growing.
When it comes to reaching men, Christmas Eve services are the Super Bowl of the church calendar. Congregations have an opportunity to impact these men if they plan their services accordingly.
Why would these mostly-male nonbelievers participate in an institution based on a fairy tale? Their reasoning sheds light on why the local church has such a weak hold on churchgoing men.
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I’m taking some heat for blaming the gender gap primarily on the church experience, rather than on the sinfulness of men themselves.
The previous edition focused on the problem – but the new WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH is all about solutions.
In all of human history, no religion has prospered without the robust participation and leadership of men. The religion that wins men, wins.
Young men are doing 180s – on their skateboards, and in their spiritual lives.
Certain churches are hug-rich environments. It’s one thing for very close friends to embrace, but in some congregations it’s customary for relative strangers to enfold. I once attended a church with an older gentleman who was a serial hugger. If he made eye contact, you were finished. He’d make a beeline for you, wrapping you…