Actually, it’s not. It’s the devil. But he loves to give a bad name to Christianity through the sinful actions of those who represent churches.
Two reasons that often surface for why people don’t go to church go something like this:
I or someone I know had a bad experience at a church.
The church is a front for <insert one or several of: greed, a political agenda, a pastor’s ego, racism, etc.>.
Whether you consider these good... Read More
A friend of mine remarked to me once, “God must love small churches—he sure made a lot of ’em.” Barna research indicates that the average worship attendance per week for Protestant churches in America is 89. Seriously! In my own denomination the median is 79.
Some churches are small because they’re dysfunctional and dying. I do not admire them. But some are small because they’re mission start-ups or lay-led house churches or storefronts led by bivocational pastors. I am trying my best... Read More
Who owns your congregation’s property?
You might be surprised when you find out. Most everyone would assume that the voting assembly of the congregation owns its real estate, buildings, and equipment. For many congregations that’s true. But some Baptist and Pentecostal church property is owned directly by the pastor and his family. And if you belong to a congregation in a hierarchical structure like the Roman Catholic Church, all congregational property belongs to the archdiocese, and everybody is expected to... Read More
Dear Mamas of little ones,
I sat behind you in church this week.
I saw you struggle with holding two kiddos because the one in your arms wasn’t happy when another one wanted to join.
I saw your son completely messing up your hair.
I saw you and your husband hand the toddler (who had a cold) back and forth because he couldn’t decide which lap he liked best.
I saw the look on your face as you jumped up... Read More
A few years ago, the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project shared some serious (although probably not shocking) findings: millennials are less engaged in religion than any other generation in nearly one hundred years.
As a 20-something myself, the main problem that comes to mind is this: we expect millennials to love church just because they “should.”
It’d be nice if churches were overflowing on Sundays with 30-year-olds eager to worship despite being bored, ignored, and disengaged. Young... Read More