The number of men in churches today continues to dwindle. Movements are started (like Promise Keepers) that try to get men engaged, but churches are finding that their primary attendance is now made up of the elderly (or senior saints), single moms (or dad stays home) and children.
And yet at the same time we are reminded that men are the key to their families. They’re influential in their family structure. If you win one, you have the chance to win the whole family. If the man is involved in church, the whole family is likely not only to be involved, but to be involved after the kids grow up and leave home.
Since it’s so important to win men, keep them and engage them, how are churches meeting this need? Sadly, I find that there is more activity in organizing Ladies’ Bible Studies than men’s. Men have to go on a retreat or eat, but don’t challenge them doctrinally or spiritually.
One web site is trying to encourage men in the Christian faith. Out of the Wild website is trying to use a 3 step process to not only see men saved, but to encourage them in a walk that reaches out and gets them engaged:
- Accept Christ as Savior
- Become Discipled
- Become a Man on a Mission from God (find your purpose in life and pursue it wholeheartedly).
They have forums for discussion, a weekly e-mail devotional series and other places for encouragement.
This is not the only way to get engaged. I would suggest that we should all talk to our pastors and deacons and get a focus on ministry to men, but this is one way. Anyone have any others they know about?