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Reaching Men: The Church's Overlooked Minority

Men aren't the churchgoers that women are. A 1982 study by the Princeton Religion Research Center shows that 45 percent of the adult women in the United States will attend church in any given week. Only 35 percent of the men will attend. The "women and kids" caricature of Christianity refuses to die.

It's dangerous these days to suggest that one sex should be treated differently than the other. Especially if it's preferential treatment. But when it comes to a strategy for church renewal, I believe discipling men is an important key.

While pastoring in Miami, I saw what a ministry to men could become.

Jim Murray was an executive and a father of six who split time between our fellowship and a Roman Catholic parish. After sweating together on the tennis court, we would converse over soft drinks, share our struggles, and pray for each other. At the time, Jim was discouraged because of his rebellious teenager.

Jim's faith grew as he saw the Lord specifically equip him to deal with his child. And ...

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