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The church has often complained that it has more women involved in its membership, leadership, and community life than men (Podles, 1999, para. 2). While the role of women is welcomed and required, the dwindling involvement of men is concerning. One group of concerned church leaders is the Christian and Missionary Alliance Western District (C&MA).
Sponsored by the C&MA, attempting to draw men into church leadership positions, this project examines the question " How effective are strategies such as cross generational mentoring, rites of passage, strategic leadership development, and gender specific events in aiding men in their leadership development, within a church setting? " It takes an appreciative inquiry approach, combined with learning circles. The study explores churches increasing their community development initiatives, focusing on strengthening male involvement in church leadership. It recommends that churches see themselves as "tribes" responsible for the raising and initiation of boys and men into healthy masculinity.