Church Growth & Vitality

  1. If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?

    Articles If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?

    (RNS) A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. He theorized that the two may be…

  2. If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?

    Articles If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?

    (RNS) As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” The question…

  3. Are We Expecting Too Much or Too Little from the Church?

    Articles Are We Expecting Too Much or Too Little from the Church?

    As a pastor I meet a lot of people who are looking for a church. One of the most helpful questions I can ask is, “What are you looking for in a church?” In one sense I …

  4. Repentance, Pathos, Humility — and the Luxury of Schism

    Blog Repentance, Pathos, Humility — and the Luxury of Schism

    When I was a pastor, Holy Week could be a very exhausting and emotional week. And like many pastors, in my efforts to be sure to plan worship, set atmospherics, and lead a…

  5. Does Membership Matter Anymore?

    Blog Does Membership Matter Anymore?

    Recently I 've been struggling with the idea of becoming a member of a church. Don't get me wrong, if someone wants to join my church, I'm honored and have them sign up for a…

  6. Schism: Good or Bad, Don't Believe the Hype

    Blog Schism: Good or Bad, Don't Believe the Hype

    If you follow religion blogs and news sites, it’s likely you’ve heard buzz about the possibility of schism in the United Methodist Church. The controversies…

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