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Everything must be done for ‘those not yet here’

Lutheran bishop Mike Rinehart says in the church, insiders trump outsiders every time, leading to a culture that just can’t think of how it might present itself to outsiders. The only long-lasting solution is a complete reorientation to the those who haven’t yet come.

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Shrinking the church for Jesus

Pastors and churches spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year attending conferences, buying books, hiring consultants, advertisers and marketers, all to try and accomplish one thing: to increase attendance — to be a bigger church. I’m absolutely convinced this is the wrong tack.

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Reaching out to the “spiritual but not religious”

We tend to think our friends and neighbors don’t come here because they’re not interested. It doesn’t occur to us that they stay away because they don’t think we’ll help them attend to the big questions they have to ask. From the outside, we look more interested in organizing taffy pulls than prayer groups. The people who avoid us do so not because we are too spiritual but because they see us as not spiritual enough.

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There aren’t as many Episcopalians as there used to be

I know it is fashionable, and possibly theologically correct, to say that numbers don’t tell the true story of a church’s value or fidelity, and I am aware that there are signs of vitality all over the Episcopal Church, but these numbers suggest an abbreviated future for our brand of Christianity, at a time when it seems to me that the world needs it more than ever.

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7 weeks of Advent!?

Since when does Advent have seven weeks you may ask? For centuries of unbroken tradition in the Orthodox Church which keeps the Nativity Fast for the seven weeks before Christmas as it keeps the seven weeks of Lent before Easter.

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Managing decline

We’re are rich denomination, but we can no longer afford to be soft hearted without also being hard headed when it comes to good use of resources.

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