It’s hard to be small. And it’s hard when so many of the church resources out there are from mega-churches with their mega-church pastors. It can lead us all into thinking that bigger is better. Efrem Smith, in an interview over at youthministry.com, addresses his fear for what this means: My fear for the church …
I don’t mean “not good looking. I mean, not attracting others. In the Church sense. See, a lot of the missional leaders I read and post from have come from some pretty large church experiences. They have planted churches that have grown exponentially. They have built church empires. They have gone into the “church as …
Alan Hirsh on the Attractional-Entertainment Model of Church Life
Someone said that “what you win them with you win them to,” which means, if you win people by entertaining them into the kingdom, you have to keep on entertaining them. Otherwise they think, “Well, I’ll go somewhere to be entertained.” And so we have a huge amount of switching going on between churches, Christians jumping from one to another, simply because that’s what they were won with, so they expect that’s kind of what you are going to keep going with. And it’s kind of a big whip for our backs.
(From The Verge)
June 20, 2016
The Church is at the margins which means it’s shrinking (both in influence and size) and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here are the facts: at the current pace, 3500 churches are closing their doors every year (Barna); a recent study showed that 80% of churches are either stagnant or declining and 70% of …