Is Your Church Celebrating Men?
|Written by David Delk|
|Tuesday, June 01 2010 00:00|
What does a praise band have to do with men's discipleship?
Sitting in church last Sunday, I was struck by the important role that contemporary music and musicians play in many of our churches. Perhaps more than with any other skill, hobby, or interest, there is a clear path for musicians to exercise their gifts in the church.
And so many young musicians get their start through church life. For instance, look at the number of American Idol finalists who sing in their churches. And some significant percentage of 18-to-25 year olds who perform music regularly in America are doing so in or for churches (as compared to at clubs, bars, weddings, parties, etc.).
It's wonderful that musicians feel so welcomed by the church.
But I wonder: do men with other skills and interests feel the same way?
What would it look like for the church to empower men who are good at planning and executing strategies as we do musicians? Or men who like to work with their hands? Or men who are passionate about coaching or facilitating youth sports?
I know some churches are helping men like this to thrive, but overall most churches have difficulty connecting men to their vision and mission.
Somehow we have to call men to real action, allow them to do what God has gifted them to do, and then celebrate how He uses them. Handing out bulletins and passing an offering plate is simply not enough to capture men's hearts.
Is your church celebrating men? I'd love to get your thoughts. Let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yours for changed lives,