ONLINE BIBLE STUDY FOR WEEK 46 (09-11-15)

November 10, 2015

TOPIC: CHURCH

 

QUESTION: "WHY ARE THERE MORE WOMEN THAN MEN IN OUR CHURCHES?

 

Study References: Matthew 27:55-56, Hebrews 10:24-25,.

 

Every Sunday, all across the world, churches are likely to have more women than men in attendance. Some estimates place the “gender gap” in America at 61 percent women versus 39 percent men. Reference to www.uscongregations.org.

That means that every Sunday there are millions more women attending church than men.

 

In England, out of every 100 church attenders, 55 are women and 45 men (in England generally, women out number men slightly, 51:49). The difference is most marked in liberal nonconformist churches, such as Methodist (60:40) and United Reformed (57:43), which tend to lack males aged 20-40.
Evangelical churches have a more even balance, with Baptists 57:43 and independent churches 53:47. The Church of England has a ratio of 55:45, and the Roman Catholics 54:46 (Nationwide Initiative in Evangelism 1980). The ratios in Wales (61:39) and Scotland (Protestant 63:37, Catholic 57:43) are more marked (Brierley & Evans 1983; Brierley & Macdonald 1985). Reference to Tony Walter, “Why are Most Churchgoers Women?

 

There are several theories put forward for why few men attend church. One theory is that the church’s teachings, emphasizing humility, holiness, and introspection, are seen by some men as “weak” or somehow less than masculine. Men are looking to be challenged with a “bold” message of adventure, danger, and aggressiveness.

 

Finding the right activities to attract men is also a challenge for many churches. Some congregations make an extra effort to provide times of fellowship and bonding for men by adding, men fellowship, hunting expeditions, fishing trips, sports, etc., to their schedules.

 

Truth be told, followers of Christ have always included a large percentage of women. Luke 8:3 says there were “many” women who supported Jesus and His disciples during their ministry. At Jesus’ crucifixion, “many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs” (Matthew 27:55). And, of course, it was a group of women who first found the empty tomb (Luke 24:22).

 

Another explanation for why there are so few men in church has to do with the stereotypical masculine ego. Men are naturally self-reliant, headstrong, and proud, the theory goes, and are therefore naturally more resistant to the divine call to humility and submission. The gospel confronts our need, and men are often averse to admitting neediness.

 

Whereas, women are emotional and caring, refering to the visit of Jesus to the house of Mary and Matha, (Luke 10:38-42). Morealso, the woman that had to buy a very expensive ointment just to annoint Jesus's feet, (Luke 7:43-50)(Matthew 26:6-13).
 

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