This is an interesting article called Baptizing “Masculinity”: The Real Reason Men are Leaving the Church
In it, the author says:
“It makes sense that treating people — both men and women — seriously on an intellectual level is a better way to get them to return week after week than to “bribe” them with steaks and guns. What this looks like, of course, will vary from congregation to congregation. For some, it might mean more intellectually rigorous sermons on Sunday morning, while for others, more catechetical instruction during the week. The essence though, is this: meet people’s needs — including their need to be challenged intellectually — instead of merely seeking to fulfill their desires. Take their minds as seriously as you do their souls and their growth as seriously as you do their salvation.
I tend to agree with this. Quite frankly, for myself and other men, we like to be challenged. I have also written a related post called “Why Don’t Christians Think?”
Also see our post called Why Does Opposition to Apologetics Come From Mostly Within the Church?