Church nixes girly tunes and men return

Getting more men to attend your church may be as simple as changing your music.

Attendance at Strathcona Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta was running 60% female. The church’s female elders set a goal to attract 50% male worshippers.

Lord You're BeautifulAfter reading and discussing “Why Men Hate Going to Church,” these women decided to eliminate the feminine songs and see what would happen. They developed a numeric scale and evaluated each song according to how masculine or feminine it was. For example, the song, “Lord You are More Precious than Silver” scored 8 on the feminine scale, and was excluded.

The elders didn’t eliminate every feminine song – the goal was balance. But any song that scored a 6 or above on the “femininity scale” was dropped.

Without changing anything other than the music, the church’s gender gap quickly evaporated. Men participated more, including a marked increase in the number of men who spoke their praises aloud to God. And overall attendance grew.

Please note – this was not a bunch of angry men demanding change. The effort was initiated and driven by the women of the church.

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  • http://PrimordialSlack.com/ Joan Of Argghh!

    Listen to old recordings from Christ For the Nations’ worship albums. “It is God who trains my hands for battle, my arms can bend a bow of bronze,” sung by all the guys… awesome. Everyone benefits when men behave as men, worship as warriors, sing as soldiers.

    The Praisers go before the sword.

  • kenhowes

    It seems that every so often this happens. The mid-1800′s were absolutely swamped with Victorian girly slush. There are certain faith traditions that have more of it, too. Look at the more emotional faith traditions, and they’re the ones that pump this out like crazy. The tradition that steers clearest of that stuff is the Lutherans. Even when the Lutheran chorales are personal and emotional, they’re never girly. Most of the Anglican hymns are pretty solid on that count, too. There is nothing girly about “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying,” “Lord Keep Us Steadfast In Thy Word,” “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” or “The Church’s One Foundation.”