I found this theory interesting. I did agree with some of the premise the author put forth about why men dislike church. I was encouraged that he offered some solutions but found that it took a lot of reading and bashing before reaching the remedies. I think it takes a rather cynical look at men and assumes they are rather shallow. I know many men who do not have to have a testosterone filled church in order to attend.
Theses phrases line the back of David Murrow's book Why Men Hate Going to Church. Beginning the books with an example of a denomination gathering where over 7,000 women, but an embarrassingly low amount of men attended. Tackling the problem of the male relationship to Christianity, Murrow attempts to "call the church back to men."
It may have been because I am a woman, but I found the book be a slow starter. Regardless, the book cited valuable Barna research which shows how much more involved in church than men (100% more likely to be involved in discipleship!). This alone opened my eyes to how few men are actually involved in an institution that is filled with women. Though more men fill the pulpits than women, men are less likely to be found in the pews. Despite my being a woman while reading this book, I did find that it is well supported by personal examples and statistics.
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Why men hate going to church is a necessary book for all. This is an easy read. The chapters are short so if you don't have to set aside large amounts of time aside to read the book. I like how David uses humor to get his point across.
You will find three parts to this book:
1. Where Are The Men?
2. Church Culture vs. Men Culture
3. Calling The Church Back To Men
Have women taken over the church and made men feel uncomfortable? Do we feminize our men? Does a lack of men in the church, stifle church growth? Can we do something to bring men back to church? "Why Men Hate Going To Church" will answer these questions and more. This will make for a great group study. Every Pastor should read this book. I am thrilled to give this book a five star rating.
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Why Men Hate Going To Church, by David Murrow is a book center around a growing problem within the church: the lack of a male presence. Within this book, which is a revised edition, David Murrow focuses on the possible reasons for the lack of a male presence within the church today, but more importantly he offers possible steps that the local church can utilize to rectify this situation.
Being a pastor myself, this issue has not escaped my attention, but the magnitude, for me, was unimaginable. Most people would look at this as a problem confined to and within the small to medium size congregations, but it has become a wide spread epidemic.
Murrow makes a persuasive argument that most men are conditioned to avoid church, because the church has grown to a point where it tailors the majority of its existence towards women. While this, as already stated, is a persuasive agreement, I wonder if it is entirely the reason. Could it be the result of something deeper?
Murrow offers suggestions that he feels, if implemented by the church, will lead to a reversal of this problem. While some might carry the church in a positive direction, some ultimately serve to remove some common analytical pictures that have been formulated within scripture and carried on through church history. Thus it is for each to read and consider for themselves.