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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Five Signs Your Church is in Trouble

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1) "A new pastor will fix all our problems." One could wish that it were that simple. Seldom are church issues tied to one person; most often they are systemic.

2)"We need to go back to the good old days." Short of someone inventing a time machine, don't count on this happening.

3) "They are keeping us from moving forward." When a congregation comes to the point of a division between "us" and "them," the church has become extremely unhealthy.

4) "We need to get more tithers in the church so that we can meet the budget." I can't remember Jesus ever suggesting that balancing the budget was a worthy basis for evangelism.

5) "We are at the mercy of (some outside force)." When a congregation feels that it is no longer operating under the Lordship of Christ but is beholden to some outside entity – the denomination, the culture, the economy – it has lost its will to function.
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1 comment:

johnmeunier said...

I hear so many people hold up the fifth one all the time. We as a denomination (or local church) are in decline because that is the sociological trend right now. People are less religious. We cannot do anything about it.