IconHow do we make the church more “comfortable” for men? By making it less comfortable.

That’s the conclusion from Christianity Today columnist Frederica Matthewes-Green. Green has discovered that the Eastern Orthodox church, known for its ancient rites, overpowering incense and rigorous worship, may be the only 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 Orthodox worshippers in the U.S.

Frederica believes the Orthodox missed the “feminization” that swept the Catholic church in the 13th century. It has remained a church for men, and still draws males today. She identifies a half dozen reasons Orthodoxy is drawing men, and offers them as good advice to any church leader who wants to engage more males.

To read Matthewes-Green’s excellent article, click here.