Why Men Hate Going to Church, Revised and Updated
This book was selected for my book club to read. It's informative and provides clear, honest perspective on why men are not in the church and how to reverse the trend in your own congregation.
May 10, 2013
Well Worth the Read
The author, David Murrow is not clergy but lay, which makes for an interesting book as it is very pragmatic. However, he still grounds several of his larger ideas in the Bible, which I appreciated.
As I read this book, there were several ideas I initially disagreed with. At first I wanted to ignore them. After all IÃ¢ÂÂm a guy and IÃ¢ÂÂm in church, so they must not be accurate. But the more I read, the more I realized that was a bad impulse. I grew up in the church. Church is comfortable to me. And sometimes I think Ã¢ÂÂBut thatÃ¢ÂÂs how weÃ¢ÂÂve always done itÃ¢ÂÂ about things that arenÃ¢ÂÂt sacred and could change. So IÃ¢ÂÂm grateful to this book for opening my eyes to some of my blind spots.
Having church be accessible to men is a good thing, but IÃ¢ÂÂm wary of making it the Ã¢ÂÂsilver bulletÃ¢ÂÂ that will turn a church around. Worship should be accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, age, race, or anything else. Worship is about God and God is not picky about who worships. So should we remove barriers to men? Absolutely. And we should remove barriers to women, kids, young people, old people, etc.
Bottom line: Do I think this book overstates its case? Maybe a bit. But Murrow has seen these ideas work. And so if he gets excited about the possibilities of church renewal, then I want to get excited right along with him.
September 20, 2012
Is there really a Gender Gap in the Church today?
Ã¢ÂÂWhy Men Hate Going to ChurchÃ¢ÂÂ by David Murrow takes an in depth look at this growing problem.
Several valid points are made throughout this book. According to several studies the majority of churches, especially smaller ones there is a definite gender gap in attendance. The women outnumber the men in almost every church.
In this book it states that churches today tend to cater to the women. Women lead most of your Sunday school classes, ChildrenÃ¢ÂÂs Church, and Nursery. They tend to be decorated on the flowery feminine side, reaching out to the women.
According to the book the number two excuse is it is for wimps. The number one excuse being there are too many hypocrites. These are only the top two excuses given, we as a church have to decide why men feel the way they do. Is there a reason they are being turned off from the church life?
This book also discusses the history of when men started pulling away from the church, and gives ideas that perhaps will draw them back in.
This was an interesting book, a lot of information and ideas. I agree with a lot of the info but I think we have to be careful or we will end up being an entertaining church, giving people what they want instead of what they need. They need to realize it is a personal thing between them and Jesus.
June 20, 2012
pleasure to read.
This book is very informative. I would encourage you to thoughtfully read what David Murrow's books. It makes lot of sense with regards to praying and hoping for loved ones to come to the lord. I would recommend this book to men who are seeking to honor God with their lives and are willing to accompany Him into battle. What a great book. Short and sweet and full of juice, know everyone who reads this book will see a bit of himself somewhere while reading it. I will be taking this with me to my next men group and i will make sure our group studies it.
We live in a time that more rules need to be broken if we are to reach an emerging generation for Christ. I recommend this book to pastors who need to lighten up a little and I recommend it to all men's ministry leaders.
his one has some discussion questions and some updated facts or stories that the original book does not have. I think their approach to the topic is great and I would recommend this book to anyone.
May 29, 2012