Church for Men is an organization that helps churches and Christian ministries connect with the world’s largest unreached people group.
Our mission is not to call men back to the church – we call the church back to men.
We do this through books, DVDs, seminars, speaking engagements, training and whatever else it takes to get the message out.
The very beginning…
Church for Men began one Sunday morning when three things came together in David Murrow’s brain:
That particular Sunday David was sitting in church, mind wandering. He was thinking about something he learned in college. Anthropologists classify a culture by studying its rituals, power structure, symbols, language and participants. They call this an enthographic survey.
So, in a moment of boredom or inspiration, Murrow conducted a quick ethnograpic survey of his church — and was surprised to realize that it bore all the marks of a matriarchy. The symbols, language and culture all leaned toward the feminine. Church was a warm, welcoming, nurturing, family oriented place where everyone was made to feel loved and accepted. Competition, achievement and goal-setting were frowned upon.
Moments later, Murrow’s background in media kicked in. Every modern communications channel has a “target audience.” By examining the attendance, participation and volunteer opportunities in his church, Murrow realized that the congregation was unintentionally targeting married women age 30-to-70.
Murrow saw this same gender imbalance in churches of every stripe. Not only were there more women in the pews, the culture of these churches skewed toward feminine ways of thinking and being. Men are from Mars; church culture is from Venus.
This startling observation sent him to the bookstore, where he searched in vain for a title on the subject. Nothing. So he began doing research. Research led to a book. A book led to a ministry.