by Bill Craig
A quick internet search will confirm the simple truth that most of us see with our own eyes when we’re at church. In many churches less than 40% of the adults in attendance are men. That also means that women are shouldering more than their share of the ministries around the church.
Churches need more men in attendance—but just as important, perhaps more important, churches need men to serve in the various ministries of the church.
Personally, I’m blessed to be a part of a church that has emphasized this for years. Men are involved throughout my church—from kids ministry to student ministry, from the worship ministry to our disaster response team, and to the various mission teams. It is a blast to be involved in a church where men serve joyfully.
You may wonder why it is so important for men to be involved in service. There are many benefits, but I think these three ideas stand:
- Christians—all Christians—are created and gifted to serve in ministry.
Consider these two passages of Scripture:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do. Eph. 2:10
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good. 1 Cor. 12:4-7.
God makes us new creatures in Christ, but we’re certainly not all alike. Nor are we created in a haphazard way. God’s workmanship is evidenced in our lives. He shapes us, makes us, and has specific good works that he prepared ahead of time for us to accomplish. That’s amazing. God uses us to accomplish His plan. And He gifts us, uniquely for the benefit of the church.
Brothers, the Lord has gifted us for ministry and desires that we serve. Our churches need us to serve in order to accomplish the good things God has in mind for His church to do.
- Kids need to see men involved in service in the church.
There’s all kinds of research behind this idea—but let me speak as a father and grandfather. I wanted my daughter growing up in a church where she saw me and other men serving faithfully. I wanted her to know—to believe—to expect—that one day, the man she would marry would naturally be involved in the church.
And I want my grandchildren to have this same experience. I want my grandson to know that when he is a man, he can serve the Lord in any number of ways in the church. As he grows up seeing his dad, me, and other men throughout the church fulfilling this calling in our lives, he’ll know that’s what he needs to be doing, too.
The old saying is that values are more caught than taught. It’s true. That’s why we need men serving in the church.
- Men serving in the church attract other men to Christ.
This is one of the most amazing benefits I’ve seen in the church I’m a member of now. It’s a place where men are welcomed by men at the doors. They encounter men throughout the church as their children go to Bible study and as they enter the worship service. They are challenged to join other men in service and missions around our community and around the world. And when they hear the gospel, they see the truth of the gospel lived out in men all around them. When they are challenged to repent and turn to Christ, they see the transformation of lives in men all around them. This is the gospel lived out in a way that honors Christ. That’s why churches need men who serve.
Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10