From the title of this book I didn’t expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. Murrow explains why most churches have far more participation from women than men. Many churches unintentionally repel men through a focus on safety, harmony, comfort, and nurture while simultaneously devaluing qualities that draw men like risk, change, adventure, competence, competition, and challenge.
Murrow offers practical suggestions to help churches analyze and rework their structures to better fit the needs of men. One example is to promote short-term projects that impact the community rather than maintaining programs that only sustain an organization. Another is for churches to promote activities that include a touch of friendly competition, fun, and recognition.
At times Murrow’s solutions were a little simplistic. For example, he claimed that men only need simple one-point sermons. While sermons should not be boring they do not have to be simple to hold men’s attention. In fact the idea of stretching men intellectually fits in better with Murrow’s appeal to challenge men than his advice to use simple one-point sermons.
I recommend this book to anyone in church leadership who wants help in evaluating its structures and traditions for elements that repel men. Taking Murrow’s advice will create a more healthy church for both its men and women.