Winning Men

Tim Challies has an excellent post over on his blog about the fact that Men Don’t Follow Programs, they follow other men.  

Here’s an excerpt:

Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow:

"You cannot have a thriving church without a core of men who are true followers of Christ. If men are dead, the church is dead…
If we want to change the world, we must focus on men…
When men are absent and anemic the body withers…
The church and the Titanic have something in common: It’s women and children first. The great majority of ministry in Protestant churches is focused on children, next on women…
Men don’t follow programs; they follow men. A woman may choose a church because of the programs it offers, but a man is looking for another man he can follow."

I think the core of what he says there is found in the final paragraph. "Men don’t follow programs; they follow men." Murrow wants to make sure that we understand what this does not mean. “We are not talking about ‘macho’ behavior. Machismo is a perversion of biblical masculinity. In fact, it usually occurs because men feel insecure about their masculinity.” The simple fact is that men want to follow men—real men, admirable men, men who are worth following.