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Hundred of Churches Will Close Down This Week: 9 Urgent Changes We Must Make


„It broke my heart.

Another church closed. This church had unbelievable potential. Indeed, it had its own “glory days,” but only for a season. But, 10 years ago, few would have predicted this church’s closure. Today, it is but another statistic in the ecclesiastical graveyard.

I know. We don’t compromise doctrine. I know. We must never say we will change God’s Word.

But many of our congregations must change. They must change or they will die.

I call these churches “the urgent church.” Time is of the essence. If changes do not happen soon, very soon, these churches will die. The pace of congregational death is accelerating.

What, then, are some of the key changes churches must make? Allow me to give you a fair warning. None of them are easy. Indeed, they are only possible in God’s power. Here are nine of them:

  1. We must stop bemoaning the death of cultural Christianity…
  2. We must cease seeing the church as a place of comfort and stability in the midst of rapid change…”Read The Full Article HERE

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Nicolae Geanta in vizita la Bisericile Romanesti din Michigan si Illinois


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http://nicolaegeanta.blogspot.ro/

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Din categoria Biserici romanesti, Church, Evenimente, Nicolae Geanta

Most Americans Attend Small to Medium Churches


„As far as Barna is concerned, regular church attendance is central to understanding faith practice among American adults. Whether their church is large or small, charismatic or traditional, significant numbers of Americans sit in the pews each Sunday to worship together. Despite the enormous cultural impact of megachurches and megachurch pastors like Joel Osteen and his 40,000+ Lakewood Church, the largest group of American churchgoers attends services in a more intimate context. Almost half (46%) attend a church of 100 or fewer members. More than one-third (37%) attend a midsize church of over 100, but not larger than 499. One in 11 (9%) attends a church with between 500 and 999 attenders, and slightly fewer (8%) attend a very large church of 1,000 or more attendees…”

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5 WAYS TO KILL THE MISSIONAL MOVEMENT IN YOUR CHURCH


„…I’ve seen churches be excited about mission, try to implement different methods and ways to create a missional movement only to fail. There are 5 missional killers that are deadly for your missional movement and there are ways to overcome them…”

1) Bypass the Message for the Method

2) Implement without an Assessment

3) Copy and Paste Someone Else’s MethodRead the full article here

4) Have No Vision for Leader Development
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12 Things a Pastor Should Never Ask a Church Member


„I’m thinking of one-on-one conversations in which a pastor might ask this of the church member. … Not a good idea. Do not try this. …

1. How did you vote on that issue?

2. Are you a Democrat or Republican?

3. Will you support my political candidate?

4. Why did you not support me in that project I was pushing?

5. Have you ever committed adultery (or any number of other things)?

6. Would you give me money? Would you lend me money?

7. How much money do you make? How much do you give?…”
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Din categoria Church, Pastoratie, Trezire spirituala

„The Church Obsessed Over The Facilities”


„One church split and eventually died when the old pulpit was replaced with a new one. The church actually had a business meeting and a major battle to vote on the new pulpit. Members who had not been in church for years showed up for the vote. Indeed the s0-called inactive members often became active for a contested business meeting in the dying churches…”

„The new pulpit group defeated the old pulpit group in close vote. The old pulpit group took the pulpit and started a new church…”

„Jesus words apply to all of us. We are to be good stewards of personal finances and possessions…But if we focus on things , no matter how meaningful they are, so that we become distracted from the eternal, we have lost our focus. And a church that has lost her eternal focus is one step closer to dying and death.”

Autopsy of a Deceased Church

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The Budget Of The Dying Church Are Moved Inwardly


„I never met a member of a dying church who thought his or her church was greedy… And I’m not even sure if greed is the best description of these churches. Perhaps it is better to say that their funds are inwardly focused.
For example, in many of the deceased churches, the personnel portion of the budget steadily increased over the years…”
In dying churches the last expenditures to be reduced are those that keep the members most comfortable.”
” That’s what happens to church that die. They spend for their way of doing church. Their comfort. Their possessions. Follow the money. You will learn much about a church. By the way, not all the deceased churches died broke…You don’t have to be broke to be dying. It’s not a matter of how much you have.It’s what you do with your money, or what attitude is about the money.”
„In all the churches we autopsied,a financial pattern developed over time. The pattern was one were funds were used more to keep the machinery of the church moving, and to keep the members happy, than funding the Great Commission and the Great Commandment…”
„The church cared more for its own needs than the community and the world.”
Source : Autopsy of a Deceased Church, 12 Ways to keep yours alive, Thom S.Rainer, p.32,33, 35,36
http://thomrainer.com/autopsy/

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