Where are all the churchmen?

By Jeremy Oddy

I just finished a good and brief book on biblical masculinity titled, A Guide to Biblical Manhood: How to Serve Your Wife, How Mold Men through Baseball, How to Make Men in the Church, & More. I was particularly struck with great interest in two charts that were presented in the last chapter: “Autopsy of Men in the Church” and “Effective Churchmen.”

Autopsy of Men in the Church

  • Tired and stressed
  • Chasing idols of success
  • Spiritually weak
  • Committed to values but not to Christ
  • Unaccountable
  • No integrity
  • Preoccupied

Effective Churchmen…

  • Pay close attention to character (1 Timothy 4:16)
  • Protect people (Titus 1:10-17)
  • Respond aggressively to preaching (James 1:19-25; Proverbs 1)
  • Are passionate about the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16)
  • Confront sin (Matthew 18:15-20, Galatians 6:1-2)
  • Give themselves away (Matthew 10:39)
  • Give generously of their resources (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
  • Are faithful (2 Timothy 2:2)
  • Are available (1 Peter 2:4-5)
  • Are willing to serve in menial tasks (Philippians 2:3-8)

Have you noticed that the word “churchmen” is not used that often these days? That is sad, because we need more churchmen in our churches today. And we need to talk about it more often.

I am a pastor at a wonderful church. I have the privilege and blessing of being surrounded by many good and effective churchmen. I also see many men who seem to be preoccupied with things outside of the church, apathetic toward the things of God. I have been praying with other pastors and leaders in my church for these men. However, after reading these two charts, I have been moved to greater zeal to pursue these men and to pray more intelligently for them. May you be moved to pray for more churchmen in your church today. Churchmen, we need you. May the ladies and children of our churches not ask, “Where are all the churchmen?”

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