Wednesday August 29, 2012
I’ve been talking with leaders of once-sizable churches. Every week they face the painful picture of a shrinking flock amongst the sea of empty seats. Thousands of churches today are declining to the point of unviability.
Wednesday August 22, 2012
Maybe it’s time to mothball two of the church’s favorite terms: evangelism and discipleship. The current meaning of these terms has deteriorated into something far afield from the original intent. Let’s start with evangelism. For most churches, evangelism boils down to one of two activities: Lecture a roomful of people about sin and God.
Wednesday August 8, 2012
It’s time to crank up the new season. As the new church year approaches, church leaders begin to roll out varied efforts to entice the unchurched to fill the pews. Churches across the country use all kinds of back-to-church lures: special events, comedy concerts, giveaways, fish frys, and creative advertising.
Wednesday August 1, 2012
This summer’s big regional youth conference has been cancelled. Because of tunes. The leader of the denominational office notified all the churches in the region that he decided to pull the plug. The reason? ...
Wednesday July 25, 2012
Where will you be in 10 years? in 20 years? If you’re involved in a church, it may look quite different from what you’re accustomed to today. The church in America is currently shuddering under unprecedented societal change.