I sent a question to my Pastors network about men in Missions. I asked if they had any incite into why so many more women do Missions. I got this reply from a guy by the name of Lenny Luecke. I couldn't improve on his response so here it is:
Men don't do missions for the same reason they don't do church. Very few churches model men's values:
risk and reward, accomplishment, heroic sacrifice, action and adventure. Most churches emphasize
a "relationship with Jesus" and healthy "relationships" with others. And they emphasize the need to be
"saved". Men are not naturally into "relationship building" and they certainly don't like to hear they need
to be "saved". I have just finished a book on this topic as research for a men's group I have started. I am
trying to reach out to men who want to learn about God but are not interested in the package the church has
to offer. The book is called "Why Men Hate Going to Church" by David Murrow. I found it very interesting and
insightful about men in the church. The book says, "Although males have not completely abandoned the church,
manly men have all but disappeared. . . . Today's churchgoing man is humble, tidy, dutiful, and above all, nice.
What a contrast to the men of the Bible! Think of Moses, Elijah, David and Daniel, Peter and Paul. They were
lions, not lambs - take charge men who risked everything in service to God. They fought valiantly and spilled
blood. They spoke their minds and stepped on the toes of religious people. They were true leaders, tough guys
who were feared and respected by the community. All these men had two things in common: they had intense
commitment to God, and they weren't what you would call saintly. Such men seldom go to church today."
Church in America today is much better suited to women. Aside from the Pastor, ushers and finance committee,
most average churches are run by women and thus attract women. Men don't go to church for the same reason
they don't wear pink . . . it isn't manly. Needless to say your question "Why don't men do missions?" sparked
a little fire in me! (-: You might find the book helpful in answering that question.
Have a great weekend Aaron.