Tag Archives: church membership

I’m a Christian. But I’ve Forgotten How to Belong to the Church. | Christianity Today

A millennial diagnoses her generation’s complicated relationship to the body of Christ. Interview by Laura Turner/ January 29, 2015 Sometimes, to borrow a phrase, we long to be in the church but not of it. We love Christ, but the … Continue reading

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Do Small Churches Need Self-Assessment? | The Exchange | Ed Stetzer

Numbers don’t determine a church’s health in-and-of themselves, but facts are our friends. | Ed Stetzer This column originally appeared in Outreach magazine. Be sure to check out Outreach and consider subscribing. Facts are our friends, and we need to … Continue reading

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Stranger in a Strange Church Land | A Pilgrim’s Progress

Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched | The Exchange | Ed Stetzer

What’s the status of the church and how might we share the gospel in this time? | Ed Stetzer There’s an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some … Continue reading

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Theologians Off the Rails Again… | A Pilgrim’s Progress

In a recent blog post Arthur Sido asked an excellent question: “What is it about ecclesiology that makes otherwise sound theologians go off the rails?” I had been thinking about that question quite a bit this week when a magazine … Continue reading

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How seeing the church as “family” makes a difference | Be His Witnesses

We are entering the holiday season and time where we are reminded of the importance of family and we cherish our times together. Family is an important part of our lives and a tremendous blessing from God. This holiday season, … Continue reading

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Why We Need the Church | 9Marks

“I love Jesus; I just don’t care for the church.” “I don’t need the hypocrites in the church to help me follow God.” Why We need the church “My relationship with God is private; I don’t need other people to … Continue reading

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Reflections on the ERLC Conference 2014: Part 3 | Baptist Twenty One

I recently attended the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention national conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.” I am thoroughly encouraged by the work of this entity of our convention and the … Continue reading

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Reflections on the ERLC Conference 2014: Part Two | Baptist Twenty One

I just left the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention national conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.” I am thoroughly encouraged by the work of this entity of our convention and the … Continue reading

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Fewer SBC Churches Growing, More SBC Churches Declining | Ronnie Floyd

From 1978-1983, 30.5% of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention were seeing at least a 10% increase in total membership over a five-year period of time. During this same time, 51.9% of our SBC churches were plateaued and 17.6% were … Continue reading

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When to Leave a Church, Part II: Check your motives and guard your tongue | Founders | The Blog

A few weeks back, I asked the question, “When Do You Leave a Church?” here on the Founders Blog and promised to continue dealing with this issue in a second post. With this post, I want to examine the issue … Continue reading

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When Do You Leave a Church? | The Blog | Founders Ministries

It is the conversation with church members every pastor dreads but inevitably comes to every man who has shepherded a local flock: “Pastor, we need to meet with you and discuss our future at the church. We have been praying … Continue reading

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