It’s no secret that men have been dropping out of the Church at a much faster rate than women. Just take a look around you at mass, especially on a weekday, and you’ll see the gap. Even among men that attend mass, their spirituality is often more superficial and less informed than women. Men are just not attracted to what’s being offered.
In response to this crisis, a new website was created in the US called The New Emangelization Project. By the looks of it, the website is only about one month old, so the project is really in its infancy. But their guiding principles look well thought-out. They have a number of pages citing some research into men’s involvement in the Church, which led them to these principles for bringing men back:
- Male-focused events, led by men
- Focus on Jesus Christ
- Emphasize Reconciliation and the Eucharist
- Catechesis with a male perspective
- Ensure commitment of the bishop and priests
- Harness the power of existing men’s groups
- Hold diocese-wide events on a regular basis
- Hold frequent parish-focused men’s events
- Incorporating “Dad-kid” events
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Socon or Bust is hosting its own men’s event this Saturday, as shown at the top of this page. There will probably be more to come.