Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"Bold, adventurous, risk-taking" churches

Several blogs have addressed the recnt Washington Post article looking at the research of television documentarian David Murrow, who seeks to find out why women substantially outnumber men in US church attendance. This part of the article really caught my eye:
Murrow, a Presbyterian elder who has produced material for the Discovery Channel and Dr. Phil McGraw, believes churches can bring men back by offering activities that are "bold, adventurous and risk-taking." He has some advice for women who attend church alone, especially the 6 million who are married: "Allow the church to adopt language, customs and technology men understand."
Can you imagine your congregation being "bold, imaginative, and risk-taking"?


Blogger Peter Bogert said...

Would preaching in a spandex body suit work??

8:20 AM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Only in churches that allow women to preach.

8:22 AM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Peter Bogert said...

I'm already in my end-of-week zone, which can be very good for off-beat humor. I can smell a Lettermanesque top ten list of ways churches can be bold and imaginative coming on.

8:24 AM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Sounds like a great idea. If you post it, I'll link to it!

8:27 AM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Peter Bogert said...

Got it!

8:28 AM, April 13, 2005  
Anonymous Chris Roberts said...

I haven't checked this, but it's been said that the Orthodox church, which has seen quite a bit of growth in recent years, tends to draw the attention of men much more than other churches. This because it requires more of its members than the average Protestant church. From frequent fasts to calls to prayer to an intense liturgy the participant stands through, the Orthodox church in its very modes of worship calls members to a more sacrificial life than a Protestant church would even begin to imagine.

Where they tend to fall short is calling members to an active, sacrificial life outside the worship of the church, giving self for others in service and ministry. A balance of these things in our Protestant churches could well be effective not just in getting members to be more active in ministry, but drawing the eye of men who seek to be challenged and live life that calls them to do something more than sing "Amazing Love" three times in a row.

11:15 AM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Larry said...

Where I meet on Sunday mornings the "spandex body suit" would be appropriate, but only with a tie.

12:58 PM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Interesting thoughts, Chris. Thanks for joining the discussion.

1:21 PM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...


1:21 PM, April 13, 2005  
Blogger Peter Bogert said...



8:07 AM, April 15, 2005  

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