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September 20, 2006

Another gem from MLK Jr.

"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority."

Martin Luther King Jr.

(from Sojourners Voice of the Day, 9/18/06)

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Fred Voltmer

I have seen the ministry from the pastoral perspective and I am currently in a pew on Sunday morning.
I learned a valuable truth many years ago that churches need to deal with. Men live for significance first and security second. (Women live for security first and significance second.)
I find that men do not want to come to church and just sit, no matter how good the service is. We want to act, we want to do something significant. If we don't DO something we feel is significant at church we soon feel insignificant and find some reason to be somewhere else where we feel we are doing something significant.
Any thoughts on how to give the average man in the church a significant action role that is both genuine and compelling enough to keep him coming back?

Alex Burt

Very insightful comment. That must explain why in many churches you will have more women than men. I think we need to build significant help and outreach ministries for men to be a part of. One example would be taking food out to where the homeless hang out and preach the gospel to them. Yes, open air preaching. I know most seem to be into the "friendship evangelism" mode, but that doesn't mean it is the best way. I know I have never felt more useful to God than when I was open air preaching or witnessing to someone one on one. Having car repair days for elderly or single women, helping needy people with chores around their houses, etc. would also be ways for men to minister. As you know us men are wired up to be "fixers". If we can be fixing things I think we will feel significant.

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