There is a statement I hear a lot in the circles I run in. It goes something like this.

“The church is dying.”

I don’t know how that statement affects you, but for me it is deeply troubling. You see, I love the church. So, for me the statement causes the same questions and emotions that would arise if I heard that someone that I loved was dying.

“Are you sure?” “How could this be?” “How long do we have?”

Are you sure?

“The church is dying” statement is largely based on the analysis of data that shows the number of worshipping people in churches in America is declining (and it has been for quite some time). Studies show that if these attendance and conversion trends continue, many of our mainline denominations will be facing certain death.

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