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With Four in Five Members Female, Churches Want to Again Reach Men

23rd December 2012

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Rev. Nancy Talbot feels like one of the more blessed female clergy. When the North Vancouver minister looks out on the pews on any given Sunday, she feels fortunate her small congregation is slowly growing and that at least men make up roughly three in 10 of those at worship.

Metrosexuals all, I have no doubt.

The gender imbalance could be far worse. The minister at Mount Seymour United Church is painfully aware men have been quietly, but in huge numbers, streaming away from many of North America’s Christian churches.

“I don’t think many of us have answers to why it’s happening,” says Talbot, who has led Mount Seymour United for eight years while raising two boys in a same-sex relationship with her partner, Brenda.

I am not making this up.

3 Responses to “With Four in Five Members Female, Churches Want to Again Reach Men”

  1. Jehu Says:

    Honestly I’ve found the gender balance at a church to be a REMARKABLY accurate gauge of its orthodoxy.
    If women make up significantly more than 50% of the church, and that isn’t because:
    A) The church has a ton of older widows, whose husbands aren’t there because, well, they’re in the cemetary behind said church
    B) The church has a ton of women whose husbands are fighting in a war, and aren’t there because, well, they’ve been drafted
    then they’re probably being led by heretics. The dead giveaways are lots of families minus husband. Men go where they’re wanted and stay where they’re well treated. Churches that talk exclusively about male responsibilities and female rights deserve what they get, in this world AND the next.

  2. ErisGuy Says:

    My local churches can reach me by (1) stopping support of all communist causes (0% chance), (2) abandoning ugly and hate-filled modernity (0% chance), (3) believing and acting on the belief that there is more to life than the Bible (0% chance), (4) abandoning modern interpretations of Christianity (pacifism != Christianity; food faddism != Christianity, etc.)(0% chance).

    For example, were the Pope to declare a new Crusade to liberate the Holy Land and North Africa from its Moslem conquerers, I would convert to Roman Catholicism despite its other errors.

  3. Tim of Angle Says:

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven….