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In fact, according to the research women are outnumbering men in attendance in every major Christian denomination, and they are 20% to 25% more likely to attend worship at least weekly.
Although most pastors will admit that every soul matters and that guys are few in the pews, are they willing to "man up" and begin programming their churches in a way to attract men?
Some churches are going the distance to reach men. 121 Community Church in Grapevine, Texas programs with dude's in mind...
"No pastels. No flowers. No sweet music. No sit-with-your-hands-folded mood. Women are welcome, but the tone is intentionally 'guy church' for a reason," says Ross Sawyers, founder and pastor of 121.
Several church plants have stated they program with men in mind. Revolution Church (Lead Pastor, Gary Lamb), Pine Ridge Church (Tadd Grandstaff) and Thomas Station Church (Tom McCoy) are among them. And who could forget the Church for Men?
According to Dave Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Church, "The typical U.S. Congregation draws an adult crowd that’s 61% female, 39% male." This gap shows up in all age categories.
So if we turn men off and the problem continues to grow how do we turn this thing around? Murrow suggests a few practical ways to change the environment in your church to become more man-friendly:
Ok... so you may feel overwhelmed and not know where you can begin. What about just ONE Sunday to get things rolling?
The leadership at the Church for Men suggest that one way to begin would be to have a "Go for the Guys Sunday" They even provide a free resource with steps on how to implement from start to finish.
Bottom line: today’s church needs to go back to the drawing board... and man-up.
Click here to read the article in USA Today.
Click here to read more on this topic from the Church for Men
Click here for more details on the practical ways you can change the environment in your church to become more man-friendly.
So I'm curious... what churches do you know that are man-friendly? What are your thoughts on today's church?
10. Give the student ministry the best room in the building to meet in.
9. Don’t just tell them they are the future of the church, let them demonstrate it by giving some genuine leadership opportunities.
8. Program your weekend services with the “under 30″ crowd in mind.
7. Use a reference or illustration that intersect with their world.
6. Consider messages applications to a student’s life, not just adults.
5. Give them ownership of an entire weekend adult service.
4. Invite a few of them into the planning/brainstorming meetings for adult events/services.
3. Have some adult leadership show up to a youth service and join in.
2. Celebrate the student mission projects and trips in the adults services.
1. Let a student share a story/testimony in front of adults.
What did he miss?
Christopher Laurie, son of Pastor Greg Laurie and Cathe Laurie of the Harvest in Riverside, California, died this morning in a car accident. Christopher (33) served as the art director at the Harvest Christian Fellowship for the past three years.
In addition to his parents, Christopher is survived by his wife, Brittany, and daughter, Stella, as well as his brother Jonathan. Christopher and his wife are expecting another daughter in November. Please pray for his family during this time.
You may pass along condolences and thoughts for the Laurie family by posting a comment on pastor Greg's blog by clicking here.
Even though his emphasis was geared to honoring those in service, we can apply the principle here of being quick to show the love of Jesus in practical ways daily.
(ht: Tim Sanders)
I’m sorry. I was about to send some hate mail to you because I thought it was ridiculous that you were charging $9.95 per day for internet access while other places of goodness were providing free wifi. Today I discovered that the wifi does flow like milk and honey (at least for two hours daily) in your great establishment. I will now share the good news with my friends so they can enjoy the benefits too.
So here's how you enjoy the goodness...
*You must have at least $5.00 loaded on your gift card at all times to enjoy the free wifi and the other blessed benefits indicated in this post.
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"Ever since I was 18, I've read a chapter of Proverbs every day. I carry a real small bible-The New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. I'm a nut for organization."Mike Huckabee in People Magazine earlier this year.
John Edwards- "My ipod. I love Dave Matthews and Bruce Springsteen. It's nice to have a little time to yourself."
Mitt Romney- "A gallon-size bag of his wife's homeade oats-and-almond granola," and a Dora the Explorer bowl to remind him of this grandkids.
Barack Obama- "A webcam" to keep in contact with his family.
Hilary Clinton- "My blackberry."
For me its definitely my cell phone, money for lunch and most recently my man bag.
Announced by LifeChurch.tv here.
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If you think they spent tons of money on this think again. Word has it they used recylced materials from past series, borrowed many items and found great deals at a few stores. Impressive.
I threw the random idea around to a few people about me running for President. Little did I know several people thought it would be funny to make it happen and the news has spread all over the internet. Now I'm doing interviews with press and everything! So I'm making it official... Crawford for President!
One of the highlights for me was signing the contract for bands to come play live at our center. I recall one particular day when I got a call from this band named "Need to Breathe," from Seneca, South Carolina who heard about our ministry and wanted to play for us.
I turned them down. I think it was because of our busy schedule at the time... but I did turn them down. Since then they have been signed to a mainstream recording label, are rockstars for Jesus and have a song ("Washed by the Water") that is resonating with people everywhere -- rising to the top of the charts.
Congratulations guys. I highly respect your work... your faith in Christ and I sincerely regret the day I turned you down.
For more on this incredible band, click here.
God desires that I be right here, right now. He wants and desires my full attention. When I get in this "check box" mode I often hear him saying softly "Don't miss this, Terrace." Sometimes I think I'm too busy to hear him. But when I do (hear him) it is then that I need to immediately abandon the check list... and follow his direction.
I experienced this the other day at the post office. I had just returned from a week-long trip to a camp in South Carolina. I was running around town trying to check the boxes... this time literally checking the post office box. Upon coming out of the PO I was in a hurry and heard someone calling for help. I turned and this gentleman was calling for me (from his car) to help him. He asked if I could call his cellphone (as he had misplaced it). Upon dialing his digits he located the phone and then proceeded to get out of his car and began crying his eyes out! He immediately told me how he had lost his job and his wife in the same week and that it was a terrible time. Later he disclosed that he turned to alcohol for comfort and was severely depressed. Our discussion led to a time of prayer -- yes, right there in the parking lot. It was intense... but I would have missed it had I not abandoned the check list for what mattered most.
I don't want to miss what God has in store for me. I imagine even as I travel this summer and are on the road for weeks at a time there will be MANY opportunities like this where I need to be "right here, right now" and catch where God is active... present... working and join him.
Do you struggle with this? How do you deal with it?
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Since I started using twitter I've been very pleased with how its helped me network with leaders all over the nation -- just like blogging -- although it frequently goes down. I update my twitter several times per day whether I'm in the office or out and about. If you want to follow me, click here.
I have a great appreciation for leaders who are good at the follow-through because I think one of my sweet spots lies in event planning and administration - which requires lots of attention to detail. I must admit; however, it took years to develop my skill-set and many failures on the job (details falling by wayside and many, many promises unkept) and I continue to learn and grow in this area to this day.
The problem is that many leaders promise things and under-deliver. As leaders it is vital to over-deliver. I, too, am constantly stretched in this area. When I don't keep a promise I consider it personal failure because it can discredit my leadership. I understand nobody is perfect but a promise kept and the extra attention to detail goes a long way. I like what Tim Sanders said on the subject recently in a post about fixing broken promises:
"One small broken promise can undermine your credibility with your troops, customers and friends. One way of reacting to this would be to stop promising anything. This, however, is a defensive strategy that will paint you as either noncomittal, wishy washy or unhelpful.
Here's a much better strategy: Manage your promise keeping ratio. To do that, you need to record your promises as well as their due date and then later review your track record. I challenge you to take ten minutes today to come up with a list of the promises you made last week at work, including promise dates. Next, take a look at how you are doing against that list. Miss a promise date last week? Immediately make a priority to keep it and send a note apologizing for missing the promise date. Have a promise date coming up today or tomorrow? Meet it on time or early. This is a habit. The more you do this, the more you'll improve your promise keeping ratio. Get this ratio right and you'll have credibility on your side."
Leadership Lesson #108: Keep your promises (and fix broken ones!) and give personal attention to the details. Following this lesson learned will help you become a far better leader than you ever imagined.