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Addiction is a problem that can be both public and hidden. There are those on the streets who are obviously suffering. Then there are others who go unnoticed, but just beneath the surface are spinning in chaos. Likely, the problem of addiction exists in your community, and it’s probably a bigger issue than you realize. How can a church help alleviate the addiction crisis that rages in our nation? Here are four ways.
A recent study from the Pew Research Center shows that American Christians aren’t necessarily the most committed to their faith when compared to believers across the globe. The study, which analyzed 84 countries with “sizable Christian populations,” found Christians in many African and Latin American countries tend to report significantly higher levels of religious commitment than their American counterparts.
Here’s the scenario I challenge you to consider today. You and your church staff are having your regular weekly meeting. What’s different this week is that unbeknownst to you, a new believer and a long-term church member are watching and listening from another room. If that’s the case, consider these questions:
In this short video, Jen Wilkin shares some misconceptions pastors tend to have related to women and discipleship.
This Week at ThomRainer.com:
Suicide, Depression, and Pastors: One Way Church Members Can Help
I wrote this post because I want to have a frank conversation with congregational members around the world. I want you to hear me clearly. I want to offer one way you can help…READ MORE
Seven Reasons Why Church Worship Centers Will Get Smaller
- Decreasing frequency of attendance among church members.
- The growth of the “nones.”
- The growth of the multi-site and multi-venue church.
- The Millennials’ aversion to larger worship centers.
- Governmental agencies are increasingly unfriendly to church building plans.
- The shift in emphasis from the big worship event to an emphasis on groups.
- The desire to spend more on ministry and less on facilities.