Where are all the men?
I was checking out the demographics of those who are fans of my page Praying People, a page where people can post prayers and pray for others. Of the 99,000 fans, 81% are female. Wow. At first I thought it was perhaps that more women are involved in Facebook, but a quick bit of research shows that there are about 10% more women on Facebook so this doesn’t explain the discrepency. That got me thinking about men and church, and how the brutal reality is that men are in the minority around church.
Then I thought about the role of teaching children about Jesus, raising them in the faith, and how for many this is the task of the mother.
Men need to take the lead, men need to step up and become more involved in church, become more involved in the spiritual leadership of their household.
And then I thought about my own leadership. The church part is ok, as an Anglican Priest I take services, preach and help out where I can. But within the household I need to do way more, to step up and get more involved in the spiritual development of my kids: Anna (8), Matty (6), Jack (3) and Patrick (1). This is a join effort with my wife Lou and one that I feel challenged to step up to.
I also feel deeply convicted to spend several days+ really delving deep into the Word to learn what it says about marriage, parenting and what it means to be a Godly husband, father and man. Will share this when I can.
I praise God for these challenges!
Now take a moment to share in the comments section below: your gender, and also where you are from. Be interesting to see whether the same gender imbalance exists amongst those who read this blog!
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