Has the Christian Men's Movement Made Any Difference?
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, November 19 2006 19:00|
15,000,000 New Men Have Become Christians
Some question whether the sixteen year old Christian men’s movement has made any difference.
The argument goes something like this: “Since the same percentage of people claim to be born again today as then, the Christian men’s movement has failed.” That’s a fair concern. It is true that the percentage of people who are born again has remained steady at about 40 percent.1 However, the number of born again people is dynamic and not static.
Has the contemporary Christian men’s movement made any difference? Consider these two points:
1. There are an estimated 14,597,000 more men 15 years of age and older today who are born again than there were at the beginning of the Christian men’s movement 16 years ago:
2. We can’t know the full impact of the movement unless we could find out how it would have turned out had there been no movement. For example, who would say Billy Graham’s ministry didn’t make any difference because Western culture declined during his tenure? One can only wonder how much further society would have declined if Billy Graham had not spoken up. In the same way, the impact of the Christian men’s movement could only be fully determined if we could compare what is to what would have been. And of course, that can’t be known. However, I believe we can conjecture we are better off.
In summary, the contemporary Christian men’s movement has made a huge difference—nearly 15,000,000 men are now born again that were not at the beginning of the movement (circa 1990). That’s near 1,000,000 men per year! We are definitely making spiritual progress among men. The movement is robust.
Pat Morley, Ph.D.
1 Barna Research Group, retrieved online November 10, 2006 at http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=8