Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Why Do Men Hate Going to Church?

David Murrow gave a talk summarizing his book on why men hate going to church. David Murrow notes:

• The typical U.S. Congregation draws an adult crowd that’s 61% female, 39% male. This gender gap shows up in all age categories.

• On any given Sunday there are 13 million more adult women than men in America’s churches.

• This Sunday almost 25 percent of married, churchgoing women will worship without their husbands.

• Midweek activities often draw 70 to 80 percent female participants.

• The majority of church employees are women (except for ordained clergy, who are overwhelmingly male).

• As many as 90 percent of the boys who are being raised in church will abandon it by their 20th birthday. Many of these boys will never return.

• More than 90 percent of American men believe in God, and five out of six call themselves Christians. But only two out of six attend church on a given Sunday. The average man accepts the reality of Jesus Christ, but fails to see any value in going to church.

Davie Murrow is so passionate about this that he has decided to start Church for Men. Jesus said to Peter "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19). Jesus attracted men with his ministry and this is not happening today with our churches. Something is wrong and one cannot deny it.

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