One myth of men's ministry is that men won't join. They will join, if it's not forced and if the cause is big enough.
Several years ago, I watched a local television talk show about men who had attended a seminar with Robert Bly, author of Iron John. I thought, Now I'll get to see what the men's movement is all about. These local guys will give it to me straight.
But I was struck by how confused the men appeared. As if in a recovery group, they shared their stories of disappointment and pain.
But they never got beyond them, except to say, "It's been great sharing." There must be more to being a healthy man, I thought, than saying how disappointed you are.
This yearning has caused the male-identity search to spread to the Christian arena. In 1995, more than 700,000 men participated in Promise Keepers weekends in thirteen cities. This year, twenty-five rallies are planned. This is more than a reaction to prevailing secular winds. This Christian men's movement is an artesian well bursting ...1