How can congregations reach the young men who are disproportionately absent from congregational life? A study on the spirituality of men ages 18-35 discovered that sports and nature are “profoundly significant in nurturing and expressing their identity and spirituality.” Based on this and other key findings, “Fifteen Ways” provides practical paths for effective ministry. The “ways” include organized sports and nature activities, the increased use of visuals in worship and other presentations, and creating occasions for intergenerational men’s interaction. Adult ministry staff and congregational leaders interested in simple and effective approaches to engaging younger men will find helpful information and ideas for action. Persons wishing to know more about the research can read the book by teachers and researchers David W. Anderson, Paul Hill and Roland D. Martinson, Coming of Age: The Identity and Spirituality of Young Men .
Curated by Marie F. Fleming