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Where are the men?

As women continue to outnumber men in the pews, Stephen McGuire and Murdo Macdonald explain why the Church's Society, Religion and Technology Project has partnered with a Christian charity to consider the issue at a conference in March.

WHY is it so difficult to get men involved with the church?

We don’t have to spend long in many of our churches up and down the country to realise that, in many congregations, there are a lot more women than there are men. Why is this, and is there anything that we can do about it?

Perhaps standing in rows and singing is OK at a football or rugby stadium on a Saturday afternoon, but not at 11am on a Sunday morning? Or is to do with the fact that guys may feel uncomfortable in situations where they are expected to be open or vulnerable? The reasons are no doubt many and complex – the question for the church is: how do we address this imbalance?

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