men and church attendance

Men, step up to the plate.

Over the past couple of months, I have encountered a couple of statistics, concerning the attendance of men at church, and how that affects family, and church growth.

And men, this is serious. Did you know that, statistically, if you are a father and you don’t go to church, whether or not the mother goes to church, there is only a 1 in 50 probability that your child will be in active member of a church when he or she grows up? On the other hand, if you are a father and you do go to church, whether or not the mother goes to church, there is a 33% chance that your kid will be an active member of a church as they grow up. The conclusion: your decision to go or not to go to church will impact your family!

Also, did you know that the higher percentage of females in the membership of a local church, the faster the church is likely to decline in attendance? Globally, the church is made up of 66% females. Even in the most oldest and irrelevant denominations, the churches that consist of 50% or more of men are growing, and the churches where more then 50% of the attendees are women are declining. The higher the percentage of females, the less growth. Churches that are growing are churches that have a healthy balance (50/50) of males and females.

NOW LADIES, I’m not telling you to leave the church. I don’t hate females. When I shared this statistic with my wife, she didn’t want to hear it! Even now, she hates the book where I got these statistics (“The American Church in Crisis,” by David Olson). Ladies, what I’m saying is, if you want to marry well, marry a man that goes to church. You want a real man, and real man love Jesus!

My conclusions? Simple. 4 Things:

1). Churches do well in reaching females, that’s why on the average, 66% of the church is made up of females. Therefore, churches need to do a better job reaching men.

2). Girls, marry a godly man. Don’t marry someone who isn’t in love with Jesus.

3). Guys, hold on to Jesus, don’t leave the church. It will impact your family, your kids. Going to church is not girly (that’s what the culture is trying to paint). It is vital, important, life-changing.

4). Youth (this is to the youth of River Oaks Christian Church), cherish David, Scott, Chris, & Taylor, just as much as we cherish all the girls. And if you aren’t part of our youth group, cherish the guys in your youth group.

May the grace of God be with you all…