Polls, books and observations confirm that men—black and white—don’t go to church and most who grudgingly attend services fail to actively participate. Why then is there such a vibrant men’s ministry at Metropolitan, a church that is better known for its amazing 175-year history than its contemporary impact? That’s the subject a reporter and photographer from The Washington Post will be probing on Sunday, July 14 just in time to kick off Metropolitan’s 175th anniversary week .
“The involvement of the men at Metropolitan in the life of the church and community sets them apart from any men’s group that I’ve encountered in my 46 years of ministry,” says Senior Minister Ronald E.Braxton, “They are the most organized, mission-oriented men I’ve worked with. They reflect the legacy of AME Founder Richard Allen, the pastor continued, “his involvement in community to develop a stronger people and his struggle for freedom. They really are Sons of Allen and we call them Mighty Men.” Men are asked to consider departing from summer attire in order to display a more traditional image for the media.