The Epidemic of Shortage of Men in the Church
“De Man dem short and de ooman dem plenty”
It Nuh Pretty at all
Welcome to Man Short Church, the statistically average US congregation. This week:
- Man Short Church will draw an Men adult congregation that’s 61 percent female, 39 percent male.
- Almost 25 percent of the married women who attend Man Short will do so without their husbands.
- Man Short will attract a healthy number of single women, but few single men.
- About 90 percent of the boys who are raised in church abandon it during their teens and twenties. Most never return.
- This Sunday in America, six million married women will worship without their husbands. That’s one out of five.
- Most churchgoing guys are “lifers” who grew up in church. Men are the hardest group to reach.
- Less than 10 percent of churches can maintain a thriving men’s ministry. The majority of men who actually show up for Sunday worship are there in body only. Their hearts just aren’t in it. Few will do anything during the week to nurture their faith.
Man Short Church is the norm in Christianity – in the U.S., and around the world. Your church profile is probably similar. In today’s church, women are the participators, men, the spectators.
How did we get here? How did a faith founded by a man and his 12 male disciples become like a the worse curse to men? Why do Christian churches around the world experience a chronic shortage of males, when temples and mosques do not? Why are churchgoing men so hesitant to really live their faith, when men of other religions willingly die for theirs? In “The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity” Leon Poddles quotes from a man he spoke with on the streets: “Life is a football game, with the men fighting it out on the gridiron, while the minister is up in the grandstand, explaining it to the ladies.”
THE EFFECTS OF THE LACK OF MEN IN THE CHURCH
A lack of male participation is not only heartbreaking, it’s strongly associated with overall church decline. Over the long term, a lack of men will doom a congregation. The gender gap is associated with church decline, according to the latest studies. The denominations with the fewest men (per capita) are also those that have been losing members and shutting churches. On the other hand, churches with robust male participation are generally growing.
The problem of criminality and drug abuse among inner-city black men is a problem of the distortion of masculinity. The low numbers of men in means the church would be not be properly positioned to help black men attain the status they so desperately need for their own good and the good of black women and children: that of patriarchs, responsible fathers who rule their families in justice and love.
This has also helped to cause Christianity to be dismissed as irrelevant and unimportant. Other effects include
Reduced evangelistic ability as far as males are concerned
Perpetuation of the cycle of confusion as it relates to defining Biblical manhood.
Reduces the mate selection pool for the females
Reduces the credibility of Christianity
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT