Somewhere along the way, though, the church took on the American language of growth and turned it into both the new plumb-line and the new gospel. Growth is important: trust me, as a rector I very much want the Church to grow. But often what we refer to as church growth has little or nothing to do with evangelism, which is a little weird when you stop and think about it.
The always thoughtful Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow has a recent post on his blog suggesting that the Five Marks of Mission, though good things, may not really get to the heart of how churches can share the good news and grow.
Here are fifty can’t-fail ways to bring in all those millennials who are just itching to come to your parish!
The Public Religion Research Institute has posted analysis of data on Catholics from their new study, The Pope Francis Effect, using data they collected from the American Values Atlas, a tool they launched in 2014 to provide current data on people of faith in America.
They note that Catholicism has held steady in popularity for four decades, although the ethnic and and racial composition has changed radically; 22% of Americans are Catholic, and the ratio of white to Hispanic is 2 to […]
Photo from Alfred Street Baptist Church
The Huffington Post explores an interesting phenomenon revealed in the statistics of declining church attendance; traditionally African-American congregations have held steady, even among millennials, a group whose lack of attendance at other churches is a significant factor measuring decline.
The Huffington Post suggests that the churches fulfill important social roles in their communities.
From the article:
There are numerous reasons why some black churches retain their members, but, most prominently, the church has played a historic role in black life that has […]