Friday, June 11, 2010

What to do with the young men in the church?

In the church I grew up in the "youth group" of my teenage years had around the time of my high school graduation a half dozen young men (including myself) sense a "call to ministry". In 2010 other than myself I know of two others from that group that areactually serving in vocational ministry at a church. One of those felt this "call to ministry" more recently as an adult. So what happened? There was no scandal they just simply did not follow througha and this probably for the better if they were never truly "called to the ministry" in the first place. Here is an excerpt from an article by Anthony Bradley of World Magazine that brought me back to those brothers and sheds some light.

"I have several friends from my seminary days who are now not only out of vocational ministry altogether but also working in vocations that are completely disconnected from the church. Many are finally, at nearly 40 years old, working in vocations that they originally set out to do before they were misdirected by the whispers of church people who confuse spiritual maturity and vibrancy in young men with a “call to ministry.” This trend actually reveals the sad state of an American evangelical gynocentric church: Spiritually interested young men are the exception rather than the expectation."

You can read the rest of the article HERE. By the way, the term "gynocentric" refers to a system or culture where the perceptions, needs, and desires of women have primacy and where those of a man are ignored.



AJ said...

I wonder, if young men were challenged and taught that their life of sacrifice, holy and acceptable to the Lord, is sacred no matter what their vocation. That no matter what secular job they may have, it is a spiritual service of worship offered for His honor and glory. If they realized that being a man, a father, a leader by example in the church community, for the glory of God is a sacred privilege, how many would have this sense of a call to the ministry. Mark Chanski writes eloquently on this subject in his book "Manly Dominion" and explains the misconception, that if one is to be spiritually mature and set apart, he must be called to the ministry. Not so fellow men, not so!

Jeremy Bradshaw said...

Great point. Sadly many boys see that the only areas of spiritual leadership are preaching, singing, and passing out bulletins.

We need more men being spiritual leaders at home and being a gospel witness at the workplace. I'm praying the Word will shape the men of our church- young and old to fulfill this ministry.