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A pox on all your houses

Conservative churches say liberal, mainline churches are dying. Studies show that conservative churches are in decline too. Perhaps churches that preach individualism sow the seeds of their own demise. Maybe people are just tired of churches picking on each other.

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Faith in church attendance is not enough

Andrew Brown wonders “whether things are going to change [in the Church of England], or whether the church will pootle along, like an exhausted cyclist, until it finally wobbles over and collapses.”

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Autopsy of a deceased church

“I believe the church will close its doors in five years.” I was wrong. The church closed just a few weeks ago. Like many dying churches, it held on to life tenaciously. This church lasted ten years after my terminal diagnosis.

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Are current church-goers scaring others away?

I gave a talk on the apparent death of Christian England in the glorious medieval church at Evesham, and when I said that it was impossible to go back to the 50s or 60s, someone angry in the audience wanted to know why time travel wouldn’t work. That was what he thought the church should do, and must do if it was to get back to health.

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It’s not all about me

“I meet a lot of stressed-out ministers. They’re weary. They’re working as hard as they can. They’re trying to juggle a bunch of new stuff to reach out to a new generation, while taking care of an increasingly older congregation that needs more pastoral care. They are taking on more student loan debt, while they watch their salaries freeze.” ~Carol Howard Merritt

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