Long read, but worth the time. Nice follow up to the “real man” post from a week or so ago.
Here are some important statistics to share from the link above:
According to the Barna Group in their series on the state of the church:
- Church attendance declined by six percentage points among men, The research showed that the proportion of men who had attended a church service, other than a special event such as a wedding or funeral, during the week prior to their survey interview fell from 42% to 36%.
- Sunday school attendance declined by eight percentage points among men since 1991. Only one out of eight men (13%) presently attends such a meeting in a typical week.
- The percentage of men who volunteer at a church during a typical week has slipped by six percentage points since 1991 to its present level of 18%.
- The proportion of unchurched men has grown by nine percentage points since 1991. Today an estimated 39% of all men can be deemed unchurched – that is, having not attended a church event, other than a special service such as a wedding or funeral, in the past six months.
We are abandoning our homes and families at an alarming rate. In the United States there are 9.9 million single mothers living with children under 18 in 2010. This is up from 3.4 million in 1970.