Wednesday November 14, 2012
Is the American church fading away? Will the losses in membership and attendance lead to a marginalized church presence such as that in present-day Europe? What will the American church look like in ten years? Church leaders, denominational executives, and religion researchers gathered in Colorado recently to examine the church’s health and prognosis.
Wednesday October 31, 2012
Much of the contemporary church has fashioned itself to be “seeker sensitive.” But what if the seekers are no longer seeking? Seeker-friendly churches have been shaped with good intentions. Making church ministry more accessible to the unchurched is an admirable objective.
Wednesday October 17, 2012
The planned discussion on same-sex marriage really riled him up. He feared the forum might attract “seekers” and lead them astray. He contacted his pastor and asked, “Why are we exposing unbelievers with no biblical backing to the worst of false doctrine?”
Wednesday October 3, 2012
The pastor’s email was stunning. “I have recently been sick and in the hospital. During the stay, I was notified via text that my services were no longer needed.” While the pastor lay suffering in the hospital the church leadership council chose to pull the plug. And deliver the unexpected news via text message.
Wednesday September 26, 2012
We’re producing a generation of spiritual dwarfs. Many in the church are going through the motions, but their faith lacks vibrancy, exuberance, life and contagion. They may be saying the right stuff. Doing the right stuff. But missing the main thing....