I hope the church universal will consider these thoughts posed by some of the men of the church universal. And I hope men will dig deep and consider how they need to nurture one another in their faith and their gender traditions.Murrow's purpose, he says, is not to call men back to church but to call the church back to men. A Presbyterian elder in Anchorage, Alaska, Murrow writes that the church has become a hostile environment to men, particularly "masculine men" who are uncomfortable in the feminized atmosphere of the typical church. From the décor to the rituals, the ministry opportunities to the language, churches are designed to appeal to their greatest constituency --- women. Though the top leadership is often male, women constitute the backbone of most churches, representing more than 60 percent of the membership and even more of the volunteer force.Men, Murrow writes, want an authentic faith experience but find church services to be boring and irrelevant (and a whole lot of women say "Amen!"). As one observer noted, men have nothing real to do at church except serve as ushers --- which at least gives them a chance to move around. They want to be challenged, but they're only challenged to be good husbands and fathers. "If we want to shed our reputation as a place for little old ladies of both sexes, we must recapture the challenge of following Jesus," Murrow writes.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We are celebrating our Stephen Ministry this Sunday. I believe that a church that fully embraces Stephen Ministry is a church that embodies the "priesthood of all believers." All believers serve one another in love through actions of caring and listening.