The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Open doors for men

Lutheran Men in Mission gathers for inspiration and to share ideas

Concerned about the low participation of men in the church, Living Lord Lutheran, Lake St. Louis, Mo., began a ministry two years ago with a Saturday morning breakfast and Bible study that became successful — just not with the under-35 set.

"We need to try and reach the younger man," said parishioner Robert Carrothers. In Living Lord's pews, like those of many ELCA congregations, women greatly outnumber men and younger males are scarce.

A desire to learn how to run a more effective men's ministry and to reach the younger generation brought Carrothers to the Lutheran Men in Mission triennial gathering July 26-28 in San Antonio. Carrothers and about 500 other men gathered for worship, inspiration, music, stories and to share ideas on men's ministry, something everybody agreed is important.

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