A little over a week ago, I sat down with the leadership of St. Mark’s Church to talk about the future and what happens after December of this year. It was a great meeting and more on that later. Three Seven Mile Road men attended the meeting with me. As I was recounting the night to my friend Matt Kruse, pastor of Seven Mile Road Boston, here’s what stuck out to him: I had committed men who I could call on to attend the meeting with me.
He helped me see that often that’s a rare thing in the early days of a church. To have good men, who are committed, and love this mission and ministry as much as I do – that’s a grace from God. And here’s the thing. It’s not just three. We have several godly, responsible, committed men who love Jesus at Seven Mile Road. We’re tiny, so stats don’t matter. But just consider this. Right now in America, the typical U.S. Congregation draws an adult crowd that’s 61% female and 39% male. On any given Sunday there are 13 million more adult women than men in America’s churches. This Sunday almost 25 percent of married, churchgoing women will worship without their husbands.
Our hope is that this wouldn’t be the case at Seven Mile Road. Right now we have more men than women in our Soul Care groups and at church on Sundays. As God is opening my eyes to evidences of His grace, I’m seeing that one of the many is that I have some good brothers to lean on and lock arms with in this work.