Please explain to me...
I've been reading a few blogs, and ran across one called "those damn women" on 42. He references another blog called Signposts, which has a post of the same name.
The discussion in these two posts is a return to the idea that the attendance of men in churches is reduced because of the "feminization" of the church. I know, I know, I've talked about it before (in these posts), but these two entries I list above discuss it in a way that I hadn't thought of the issue before.
The claim that is made by those who believe it is that men are avoiding church because it is too "feminine." I don't agree with this argument, but let's take it one step further. WHY is the church too feminine? Many churches today are still guided by male leadership.
I thought about that for a while, and I made a list of the committees in my church. Are the chairman male or female?
Ministry Leadership Council -- male
Trustees -- male
Staff Parish Relations -- male
Finance -- male
Lay Leadership -- male pastor
Nurture -- female
Outreach -- male
Witness -- female
Celebrations -- female (which includes the worship subcommittee)
Lay Leader -- female (That's me, and I think I'm the first in our church to be female)
Lay members to annual conference -- 2 female, 1 male
Pastors -- 2 female, 1 male
Natural Church Development -- male pastor (not a standing committee, but important in planning the future)
Did I leave any out?
That's 17 people or positions. Nine of them are male and eight of them are female. I think that's a balanced split. I do think that we are heavy on the male side in administration and heavy on the female side in programming.
I think that we are a progressive church in this area, and that in many churches, this would not be the case. Even in our church, which has an even split, men have a voice in the church leadership.
If this is the case, and we are progressive, as I believe we are, then in many churches, the male voice would be even louder.
So how is it that the church has become more "feminine?"
Could it be that this is only an excuse? I think so.