March is National Women's History Month and March 8 was International Women's Day, so a recent report was especially timely for women across the country. In a pronounced role reversal of history, male domination of religion through past centuries has given way in the United States to greater female involvement according to a LiveScience article by Robert Roy Britt.
The article records a fresh review of data collected in a 2007 survey released last year by the Pew Research Center involving interviews with more than 35,000 U.S. adults. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reported the percent of women (and then men) who:
George H. Gallup, Jr. found among the reasons women tend to be more religious:
So he concluded, "A mountain of Gallup survey data attests to the idea that women are more religious than men, hold their beliefs more firmly, practice their faith more consistently, and work more vigorously for the congregation."
Many churches can attest to this trend. In fact, it has spurred deep concern for the future of their ministries. Articles and books have chronicled this congregational transformation including David Murrow's book Why Men Hate Going To Church with its companion website, Church For Men, promoting male resurgence, not male domination. These statistics are cited on the website:
By contrast, the Living Church of God has long understood the need to bring out the full potential of men as servant leaders in their families and congregations. One way it encourages men to grow is through a men's organization called "Spokesman Club." Originally modeled on Toastmasters International public speaking meetings, Spokesman Club chapters in many congregations have been foundational in training men in the Church for leadership in their homes and local congregations. God needs men--and so do our local assemblies.
Let me encourage you—especially you men—to read our commentaries Why Do You Go To Church? and Fatherless Families?. Church is not just an activity for women—God wants dedicated, self-sacrificing males to fill their God-given roles in carrying out His Work on earth. If you are male, God wants you to learn and practice servant leadership in your home and congregation. But to do this, you must courageously pursue His calling.