Church threat

The Church’s 2 Imminent Threats

What does the future hold for the church in North America? What are the church’s major weaknesses and threats going forward? Last week church leaders, reporters and analysts gathered to discuss the church’s prospects at Group’s annual Future of the Church summit. Participants grappled with a wide variety of factors affecting the health of the church. […]

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Church trends

A Murky Forecast for the ‘Religion Industry’

The dire headlines in the recent market research report caught my eye. “The industry exhibits stagnant participation.” “Industry value added is projected to decline.” What is this troubled industry? It’s the nation’s religious organizations. The business world’s chronicler of major industry trends, IBISWorld, decided to study and document the state of the religion “industry.” This […]

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I am enough

Am I Enough?

Am I okay? Am I important? Am I making a difference? These questions of self-validation are common–even among those who sign up for work that is often considered selfless. Such as ministry. At a ministry conference last weekend a crowd formed around a tiny booth bearing a sign that said, “I Am Enough.” The crowd […]

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The Coming New Reformation

The American church is quaking. Pressure is building for a new reformation. We’re approaching the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. Then too the church faced unstoppable pressure to transform. Many methods and practices of the church had lost their luster. A building storm of discontent swiftly changed the church as it was then known. It appears we’re […]

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Arrogant Christian

The Antidote to Hypocrisy

After Alan mentioned he was a Christian, everyone around him clammed up and distanced themselves from him. They automatically assumed Alan possessed several unpleasant characteristics. Justified or not, the public today holds a number of negative impressions of Christians. One of the most frequently mentioned complaints: “Christians are hypocrites.” I know, I know. This seems like […]

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Reforming a Repulsive Reputation

We have a reputation problem. Increasingly, the public tags Christians with some very unsavory attributes. We describe these characteristics in our new book that releases this week, Why Nobody Wants to Be Around Christians Anymore. In short, people view Christians as judgmental, disinterested in others’ thoughts, hypocritical, and disconnected from God. Are these fair assessments? How […]

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An Epiphany for Lecture-Loving Pastors

The evidence mounts. The lecture style of teaching produces inferior results. A study reported in Scientific American exposes, again, how academia’s hardened use of the lecture method is stifling learning and growth. The journal’s writer put in bluntly: “If you’re going to college and you’re going to a whole bunch of lecture classes that require […]

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How to Be a Change Agent–Without Killing Yourself or the Church

James knows his ministry needs to make some changes. Without these changes, the ministry may falter and fall. But James also fears if he makes the changes, some people may be upset. So James chooses to do what most do in this situation. Nothing. At my organization, Group, we talk with hundreds of pastors and […]

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Saying ‘Good Riddance’ to Church Dropouts

News of the decline among America’s churches is producing a strange new effect. Elitism. While church involvement continues to slide, some people are attempting to spin the decline into an odd source of pride and superiority. It’s beyond putting “lipstick on a pig.” It’s trying to turn the pig into a prima donna. “IT’S NOT US” […]

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Why Are We Here?

What business are you in? It seems like an obvious question. But many businesses, organizations–and churches–have faltered and failed because their people were not clear about their true mission. This cloudiness of mission contributed to the eventual fall of the Eastman Kodak Company. As digital photography began to rise, Kodak’s leaders started and stopped and […]

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