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|Statement||by Joseph H. Odell|
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Why Churches Fail: Part I. In my first doctoral dissertation on "why churches fail," I tracked over 1, churches for over 10 years. I looked for the marks that caused people to leave. I found the top four reasons why a churchgoer leaves their church. Why Churches Fail Part II. I work in the church, and I am quite devoted to that line of work. And over the past month or so, people of my ilk have been obsessively reacting to this Pew survey that seems to unilaterally say that the Mainline church is dying. [Mainline Protestant churches and Catholics declined % and % in . If more people stop going to churches or even stop supporting certain denominations, then the churches will have to see that they are the problem. Anytime someone leaves a church and says why, the church will rarely acknowledge it because they have hundreds of other members. I read an interesting blog about why someone left a church. The outcome of an inspired two-year cross-country road journey of writer and photographer, American Country Churches touches the heart of America-and many of its religious denominations-as it presents moving, all-new color images of more than 40 of our nation's most uplifting, soul-soothing spaces. The introductory text places the churches Reviews:
So if you pastor a church of 1, you can use the principles taught by a pastor of a church of 10, Just drop a zero. But if you pastor a church of or less that’s a different story. Simply stated, a few churches are getting bigger at the expense of smaller churches. While that phenomenon has been in play for quite a while, it is now accelerating. The old barrier that held people in specific churches – family connections, denominational loyalty, and loyalty to a specific congregation – are no longer barriers today. Calling today’s mainstream church “the opiate of entertainment and feel-good-ism,” he writes that when it comes to influencing societal conditions, culture and the political philosophy of the nation, “America’s churches are the largest block of irrelevant, impotent and insignificant institutions in the entire country.” There you have it – 10 reasons churches fail to grow. The presence of even one of these reasons is enough to stunt growth and begin a downward spiral. The good news is that most churches, unless they are at a point of no return can reverse stagnation or decline and renew and grow. But there is a caveat: churches grow if they are willing to.
To fully appreciate the exceptional nature of the demographic defeat that Christianity experienced in India, one has to look at its track record in the rest of Asia, which itself has been a difficult terrain for Christianity in comparison to other regions such as, say, the Americas or sub-Saharan Africa where the Christians today form over 60 per cent of the population. The book of Revelation opens with seven letters to seven churches. Before we look at these letters as a whole, let’s briefly look at the seven cities where the recipients lived. Sardis (Revelation ) This letter addresses Sardis, a “dead” church3 Jesus’ oracle to Ephesus challenges a loveless. Church issues that just don’t belong “in church.” The real problem is not with the church; there’s no doubt the church will make mistakes. Simply because it is a group of people. And humans make mistakes. The most frustrating part of the church making mistakes is . Home Pastors Articles for Pastors 10 Reasons Why Small Churches Stay Small. 10 Reasons Why Small Churches Stay Small. By. Joe McKeever - J First, an explanation or two, then a definition. And finally 10 reasons small churches stay small. I know more about getting small churches to grow than larger ones. I pastored three of them.