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SheilaIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A thought-provoking look at church gender-gapApril 15, 2012SheilaIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Why Men Hate Going to Church, by David Murrow is a thought-provoking look at why Christian churches have a growing gender gap. Written to call the church back to men, Murrow examines how the church is designed to appeal to it's largest women through it's decor, rituals, language, music, and ministries.
I found the background information fascinating - how the church became so feminized throughout history, and the temporary effects of "Muscular Christianity" and the YMCA's original influence.
Some of his claims about how men think seemed surprising to me, but as I read them to my husband he agreed with every one, and he wanted to continue discussing the rest of the book.
The last section of the book discusses things churches can do to be more appealing to men, with lots of practical advice given to help churches build a place where men want to come and worship. Murrow gives examples of churches that have successfully implemented efforts to attract men, which also led to increasing numbers of women and children attending as well!
I really am thankful for reading the book, for the ideas it's giving us as we search for a church to call home. We're both on the hunt for a "man-friendly" church, and hope we find one soon.
Promise KeeperMichigan ThumbAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Buy several copies of the bookApril 6, 2012Promise KeeperMichigan ThumbAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a profound book for any number of different reasons.
Where to begin? Yes, there really is a gender gap. Anyone with more than an ounce of integrity and/or a passing interest in the church HAS to read this book and to admit to the theses. I would suggest the book be required reading in Bible Colleges and Seminaries.
Bravo to David Murrow for this work. Startling levels of research support all three segments of the book. Sufficient to support the gifting of the book to any Pastor.
This is a profoundly interesting topic on any number of different levels. The Black church has an even great "gender gap". I was curious to find out if any books had been written on this specific aspect of the topic. There is a book titled "Adam! Where Are You?" "Why Most Black Men Don't Go to Church" written by Jawanza Kunjufu who acknowledges his pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr, who reflects the African essence of Christian manhood_. Yes, Ã¢â¬Ëthe' Rev Jeremiah A. Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL. wrote the Foreword to the book.
"Islam is the world's fastest-growing religion.". "It's also wildly popular with men who are publicly and unashamedly religious." For all of the wrong reasons of course. Mr. Murrow has addressed this question in a terrific article which is available at:
The "Battle to Reengage Men" must be joined Read the book.
Lenin AlmonteAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5ÃÂ¿Por quÃÂ© los hombres odian ir a la iglesia?March 30, 2012Lenin AlmonteAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4IniciÃÂ© este libro de David Murrow, con cierto grado de incredulidad en cuanto a su contenido. Es decir, no tenÃÂa mÃÂ¡s expectativa que la de observar el fenÃÂ³meno sociolÃÂ³gico-espiritual que produce la inasistencia o deserciÃÂ³n masculina de las congregaciones estadounidenses, sin embargo, el fenÃÂ³meno de las diferencias abrumadoras en la cantidad de mujeres con relaciÃÂ³n a la cantidad de hombres en las iglesias no es un fenÃÂ³meno localista, es una tendencia occidental de gran peso.
Al parecer, cuando llega el domingo en la maÃÂ±ana la mayorÃÂa de hombres preferirÃÂa estar jugando u observando baseball o softball que escuchando un sermÃÂ³n. ÃÂ¿Por quÃÂ©?
Al finalizar de leer "Why men hate going to church" debo decir que su contenido no es sÃÂ³lo sociolÃÂ³gico, sino que lanza un marcado reto a la iglesia actual que se encuentra en todo el mundo a cambiar el ÃÂ©nfasis del evangelicalismo en una eclesiologÃÂa desequilibrada y que no representa el mensaje que se predica.
Un libro harto recomendable para pastores, lÃÂderes de ministerios, lÃÂderes de grupos o para cualquier persona que estÃÂ© interesado en leer un anÃÂ¡lisis serio sobre por quÃÂ© la mayorÃÂa de hombres odian ir a la iglesia.
RecibÃÂ este libro como parte del programa para bloggers de BookSneezeÃÂ®, Thomas Nelson ni el programa BookSneezeÃÂ® requieren que yo de una revisiÃÂ³n positiva, sino que de mi opiniÃÂ³n aunque sea negativa.
Andre Rook4 Stars Out Of 5Review of "Why Men Hate Going to Church"March 22, 2012Andre RookQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Why Men Hate Going to Church," by David Murrow, is a shocking scientific and statistically rich examination of the state of the modern church; that is, it's dearth of men. Murrow presents an organized and convincing case for why men avoid church, albeit focusing more on mainstream and larger, liberal churches.
He begins by asking the reader to think of what characteristics are typically emphasized when thinking about Jesus - meek, mild, humble, caring and tender. Far less likely is Christ thought of as daring, powerful, aggressive, and rough. He then provides scathing statistics of church attendance, women nearly always far outweighing men (not so however in the Orthodox churches, interestingly enough). Most churches today cater to women in their emphases, structure, and leadership. One particularly cutting quote: "Why do so many effeminate and gay men attend church? Maybe because the church is one of the few institutions in society where there's no pressure to act like a man" (32).
Most of all, this book is a wake-up call to men and women - a wake-up call with bucket of cold water and a punch in the gut. My thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with this complimentary review copy.
LoganNew Zealand5 Stars Out Of 5Must Read for Church LeadersMarch 2, 2012LoganNew ZealandQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The premise of the book is pretty simple: why men hate going to church and some stuff that churches could do to become man-friendly. It all sounds rather un-PC really. But he has a point. You just have to look around almost any church and you'll know he has a point. Christianity has become feminised, it appeals to women far more than it does to men. Yet it shouldn't be that way. Murrow makes a point that truly healthy churches have manly men.
So sure, you probably can't read this book without coming across something you don't really like, but don't let that put you off. This book is a must-read for anybody concerned with church leadership. It's not a call to radically change anything, just a call to be more man friendly.