Podcast Episode #550
The pace of decline for many churches is accelerating. The stats are quite alarming. Today, we cover a recent post on the topic.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Corporate prayer in many churches is often more perfunctory than fervent.
- If your church is anchored to traditions of the past, it won’t move forward into the future.
- Church fights are signs of inward focus. Churches with an outward focus often fight less.
- Churches are becoming more open to outside consultants because they’re realizing that they need outside eyes to help them minister in the future.
The six reactions we discuss are:
- We need fervent prayer more than ever in our churches.
- Our church leaders and members must let go of the idols of the past and traditions that hold us back.
- If we are not focused and intentional on evangelism and sharing the gospel, we are little more than a religious social club.
- We must stop fighting each other and understand who the real enemy is.
- Church leaders should humbly seek interventions of coaching and consultation to see how God might lead us in fresh and exciting directions.
- I have seen too many churches breakout in God’s power to maintain a defeatist attitude. The One who resurrects the dead can bring any church back to life again.
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast
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