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Plant more churches

Clint Schnekloth, writing for the Lutheran Confessions blog, predicts the demise of “most churches” within the next seven years.

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How do we define “thriving”?

The Faith Communities Today 2015 survey finds that small churches are in danger of failing, working with low numbers of attendees and limited resources, but some remain stable and vibrant despite having scarce resources. This includes many Episcopal churches, which often have weekend attendance below 100 members.

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Is CrossFit a church?

Mark Oppenheimer, NY Times religion Beliefs columnist, explores the lives of committed CrossFitters, asking if it isn’t a replacement for both the secular and spiritual aspects of church.

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“Just Pray”–but not in UK cinemas

Have you seen ‘Just Pray’, the Church of England ad that was rejected by UK cinemas? Do you agree with the decision to bar it, or do you think it’s an example of political correctness? What do you think of the ad as a form of evangelizing?

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Zen Buddhism in steep decline in Japan

The Guardian reports that Zen Buddhism in Japan is facing an existential crisis, as the faith dwindles and temples are forced to close.

Part of the problem seems to lie in the exorbitant cost of the Zen funeral, which many families can no longer afford in the modern Japanese economy. One Buddhist priest, Bunkei Shibata, told the Guardian that Zen Buddhism has outdated practices around appointing priests, and hasn’t kept pace with societal changes, noting that it was focused more on […]

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Analysis and round-up of recent coverage on church decline

The Christian Science Monitor has written a thorough piece on church decline, highlighting phenomena that may not surprise long-time readers of the Café; a partial list of those highlights follows: studies show that church attendance is cyclical and current numbers resemble the ’40s, that the faithful are more actively devout than they were in the ’50s & ’60s, the false binary between science and religion, and that the pathways to and expressions of faith remain diverse and plentiful.

As part of the piece, they interviewed […]

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