Why have we set the bar so low on church membership? Our motives are pure – we want as many people as possible to hear the good news. But in doing so, we fail to stir the hearts of men, who secretly long for a more challenging, rigorous faith.
It’s not in the Bible. The phrase was never seen in literature until 1881, and was not widely spoken in churches until men began departing in the early 1970s.
Every time Patrick opens up and shares his true feelings and emotions, there’s a man who tells him to stop. Or he pays a penalty for opening up. Patrick gets the message: to be a man is to deny your true feelings.
When it comes to putting men in pews, nothing matters more than pastoral quality – as a communicator, and as a man. Every other consideration pales in comparison.
The church-on-the-corner that’s been the bedrock of American Christianity since colonial days will cease to exist by 2062.
These stunning survey results give us a clue as to why Christianity is so rapidly changing into a family-centered faith; why Christian culture is feminizing; and why the gender gap in many denominations continues to grow.
The pews are packed with folks who don’t normally come. Many of these infrequent guests are men, dragged to church by their wives and mothers. How can your church make an impact on these skittish men?
Just because the words come out of a preacher’s mouth doesn’t mean that his flock is learning.
Unlike previous generations, humor, not music, is young men’s No. 1 form of self-expression.
Church used to be the place that saved your soul; today it’s the place that saves your messed up family.