LONDON – A new survey has suggested that men who go to church would like less hugging and holding hands and more singing of anthems and "proclamational" songs.
A survey of 400 readers of U.K's Sorted, a Christian magazine for men, found that 60 percent of men did not like flowers and embroidered banners in church. Around 52 percent also said they were not too keen on dancing in church either.
The survey suggested that men were uncomfortable with physical contact such as holding hands and with activities such as sitting in circles to share their feelings.
Almost 60 percent of the respondents said they enjoyed singing in church, but many added comments saying they preferred anthemic or "proclamational" songs over emotional love songs.
Sermons and talks were popular with respondents, with 72 percent saying they were the best part of the service.
Sorted editor and publisher Steve Legg noted, "Jesus recruited a bunch of 12 ordinary blokes before He began his ministry proper. They spent three years together doing stuff. He sat down and ate with them and built relationships," according to the Daily Mail.
"The comments at the end of the survey showed that what appeals to men is doing stuff together – sports teams, fishing, pub quizzes, paint-balling, DIY projects, curry nights, bowling, clay pigeon shooting and going out for a beer."
The survey and its results will be discussed at next week's Christian Resources Exhibition in Sandown Park.
Legg added, "I often walk into churches and they are like Laura Ashley showrooms with all these flowers and banners and tissues. Men just don't feel comfortable with that.
"Certainly, with the singing, I am fed up with singing these sentimental lovey dovey songs. On the football terraces we are very passionate, chanting and cheering, and we want more songs like that. We want fewer girly songs."
Sorted provided a list of ten hymns likely to prove a hit with male worshippers:
Onward Christian Soldiers
And Can It Be
Guide Me O Thy Great Redeemer
All People That On Earth Do Dwell
Be Thou My Vision
How Great Thou Art
Eternal Father, Strong To Save (For Those On Peril On The Sea)
Our God Reigns
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind Forgive Our Foolish Ways