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Have we made church too masculine or too feminine?

Asked by Brian Orme 2 years ago women masculinity ministry


Martina McGowan
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"feelings" and "how to fight off depression," or "how to maintain a positive outlook;" "how to help a friend who is having problems," and other "felt needs." Much of he feared is the reality that you and I are living in the midst of today.

Advancing from Billy's answer, I can see some validity to what you are saying, however, all of these things run rampant in the church, depression, negativity, helping people. Addressing the needs of people where they stand, and in the struggles they face day to day is part of what we are to do. There is a trite expression that we are the hands and feet of Christ. Well, we are also the heart of Christ. I think we do a great injustice and disservice to our congregants by ignoring what is going on in their lives.

Now, does addressing these needs make the church more masculine or feminine? I think not. If we have people who actually serving the people in their little section of the "body of Christ" these are the very needs we need explored and spoken into.

Church and religion, in my opinion, are not about making macho men or girly women. It is about building up the whole body of Christ, making the children of God whole again, finding the lost, and carrying the Light we have received to a dark and dying world.

Martina
@martinamcgowan

by Martina McGowan 2 years ago

Billy D Squires
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Years ago, I read a book printed in 1936 that had belonged to my grandfather. It was about the feminizing of society, as the author saw it then. He discussed the educational system and how originally in the US, teachers tended to frequently be young men in college who taught while on their way through law school or on the way to some other career that they found inspirational. He talked about how teaching had become an end in itself, and how the schoolchildren, particularly the young boys were getting less inspiration, and were being made more passive and encouraged to just "get along." Remember, this was 1936!

He predicted that if the trends of the day continued that this would happen in the churches in the future. He pointed out how church had traditionally been a "masculine" institution, with men leading the way in evangelism, social justice, helping to lift individuals and society out of the gutter, to lead productive lives. He talked of the Salvation Army, and the influences of the church in forming trade unions, etc.

The author said that the influence of men was to encourage people (other males specifically) to be a strong shoulder to lean on while the influence of women (in 1936) was to search for a strong shoulder to lean on, such as the government or other social service organizations.

His fear was that in the future churches would be more feminine, and  hence become more about "feelings" and "how to fight off depression," or "how to maintain a positive outlook;" "how to help a friend who is having problems," and other "felt needs." Much of he feared is the reality that you and I are living in the midst of today.

I did not agree with all of his thoughts, to be sure, but there were definitely some valid insights. I just remembered the title - a very politically incorrect one, and now you can hate me for it - it was called "The Influence of Women" by John Erskine, I believe.

by Billy D Squires 2 years ago

Ted
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Yes - it has become too feminine; from the songs, to style, design, and leadership. We need a greater presence of men leading in the contemporary church - Leading in their homes and in church.

by Ted 2 years ago

Jim Bohrer
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We cannot deny that more and more young men enjoy a prolonged childhood, often living with mom or dad until their 30s and beyond, marrying later, and being more concerned about safety and comfort than about courageously leading.  The church has as a whole made little differencence our culture.  Men sit in the background passively as women take more leadership roles in shaping the children's lives.  What do you think the ratio is of male to female teachers at the typical school?  1 to 10?  Do young boys have enough exposure to masculinity?  The church has similar ratios in  training young men.

by Jim Bohrer 2 years ago

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