Churches from Moscow to Melbourne to Minneapolis are asking: Where are the men?
Women comprise more than 60% of the adults in the typical worship service in America. Some overseas congregations report ten women for every man in attendance. Volunteer ranks are heavily female.
No other religion suffers the enormous gender gaps that plague Christianity.
It’s not just attendance where men trail women. Men are less likely to lead, volunteer, and give in the church. They pray less, share their faith less, and read the Bible less.
The men who do go to church seem passive and bored. It’s often impossible to get churchgoing men to do anything other than attend services.
The church’s gender gap is often invisible because the top tier of church leadership is still heavily male. Over 80% of Protestant pastors and 100% of Catholic priests are male. Author Leon Podles put it best: “The modern church is an army of women led by a few male generals.”
Men need the church but, more importantly, the church needs men. The presence of enthusiastic men is one of the surest predictors of church health, growth, giving, and expansion. Meanwhile, a man shortage is a sure sign of congregational paralysis and decline.
Church for Men is an organization dedicated to helping the local church reach more men and boys. We help congregations create an environment that’s welcoming to men – without driving the women and children away.
If we can be of service, send us a message.