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Church Mission: Self-Preservation or Something Else?

I asked the pastor and congregation members, “What’s your church’s mission?” The answers were all over the landscape: To carry on our tradition in the community. To make people feel good and want to come back. To show God’s love through acts of kindness. To keep our old building open and maintained. It’s the same […]

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The Rise of the Dones

John is every pastor’s dream member. He’s a life-long believer, well-studied in the Bible, gives generously, and leads others passionately. But last year he dropped out of church. He didn’t switch to the other church down the road. He dropped out completely. His departure wasn’t the result of an ugly encounter with a staff person […]

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Hopes for a Church Turnaround

What kinds of things give the American church hope for the future? In spite of declining trends, participants at the recent Future of the Church summit identified some clear strengths and opportunities for the church in North America. MISSION The stand-out strength, according to the participants, is the church’s central and unique mission. Perhaps that […]

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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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The Church’s Frightful Kodak Moment

We walked through the nearly empty, formerly flourishing space of the Kodak manufacturing plant near our home. The plant manager, a friend from church, sadly described how Kodak plants had been downsizing and closing ever since the advent of digital photography. “We have a wish here,” he said. “We just want to be the last […]

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4 Reasons the Majority Stay Away from Church

Most people don’t want to go to church. But why? And what might interest them in joining a community of faith? Those questions have sent us across the country looking for answers. After years of research and countless interviews, my wife Joani and I have finally collected our findings. They’re in a new book titled, […]

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