The Need for
The need for a church renewal movement in the North American context is apparent everywhere given that 80-85% of churches are plateaued or in decline. For many churches that decline is precipitous. A recent survey of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (one of many historic mainline denominations) revealed that the average loss of membership in declining churches has been 27.5% in the past ten years alone. Similar statistics could be found in the majority of mainline denominations.
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Sharing Our Faith With SkepticsPart of any renewal movement is working to see new people come to faith. In our post-Christian context, one of the most difficult groups…
Zooming In And Out On Church RenewalGreat photography requires both a zoom lens and a wide-angle lens. During the winter, I love to pull out my zoom lens and focus on a…
Third Rail Conversations in Renewal CongregationsThird rails are electrified metal rails supplying power to subway trains. If you touch the other two rails, you will live. If you touch…
Is VBS Worth the Investment?Even though snow is still on the ground in many places, it is the perfect time of year to begin planning for summer ministries.…
The Power of Storytelling in Church RenewalThe Super Bowl is an annual reminder of the power of good storytelling. Many football fans watch the ads just as closely as the…
Gospel-Centered Preaching for RenewalMission drift is a silent killer. Long before most churches close their doors, they had been subtly, slowly, and almost imperceptibly drifting away from…