Or so I thought, as I listened to the most recent episode of Interfaith Voices, which featured a man named David Murrow, who runs the website churchformen.com, and wrote the book Why Men Hate Going to Church. (I don’t make a habit of listening to ‘Interfaith Voices’ but as soon as I heard the title of Murrow’s book, I had to keep listening.)
Murrow’s platform, or shtick goes something like this:
Women comprise more than 60% of the adults in the typical worship service in America…. Volunteer ranks are heavily female.”
He thinks this is a problem because:
The bigger your man shortage, the more likely your church is in decline. The denominations with the largest gender gaps are also those that are losing the most members.”
And he believes that the reason churches have this ‘man gap’ is because church has become sissified.
A male visitor detects the feminine spirit the moment he walks in the sanctuary door…. It’s hard for a man to be real in church because he must squeeze himself into this feminine religious mold.”
Therefore church needs to be more manly to attract men back.
Don’t force your men to hold hands or hug each other”
…cause you know…that’s gay.
And finally, my favorite, the justification:
Jesus showed us how to grow a healthy church: focus on men first. Christ loved women and children, but he spent most of his time and energy developing a handful of men.”
I’m sure he did.