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Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership
US News & World Report ^ | June 3, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff

Posted on 06/03/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT by fgoodwin

"What if church wasn't just a building, but thousands of doors?" asks a new website launched by the United Methodist Church. "Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church. . . . Would you come?" After watching its membership drop nearly 25 percent in recent decades, the United Methodist Church, which is still the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination, thinks it knows the answer. So it's pouring $20 million into a new marketing campaign, including the website, television advertisements, even street teams in some cities, to rebrand the church from stale destination to "24-7 experience."

"The under-35 generation thinks church is a judgmental, hypocritical, insular place," says Jamie Dunham, chief planning officer for Bohan Advertising & Marketing, the firm that designed the United Methodist campaign. "So our question is: What if church can change the world with a journey?"

With their pews having thinned dramatically, other mainline Protestant denominations are posing similar questions in like-minded campaigns. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a major mainline denomination, has TV ads spotlighting the church's charitable work and encouraging Lutherans to take pride in and to share their faith with friends. And the Episcopal Church recently launched a website called "I am Episcopalian," where half a million church members have uploaded videos explaining their faith.

These are the kinds of entrepreneurial church-building strategies that are more typical of evangelical megachurches, which have focused on member experiences by offering contemporary music and weeknight small-group meetings. Mainline denominations, meanwhile, have clung to hymns and centuries-old worship styles. "In the competitive spiritual marketplace, mainline churches are trying to reinvent themselves," says Stephen Prothero, a professor of religion at Boston University.

Some mainline church officials admit to taking a page from the evangelical playbook. And no wonder. Since 1990, the number of Americans identifying themselves as members of mainline denominations, including Presbyterians and the United Church of Christ, has slid from nearly 19 percent of the population to under 13 percent, a loss of 3.5 million people. Over the same period, the number identifying themselves as nondenominational Christians, the evangelical-style tradition of the megachurches, has exploded, from fewer than 200,000 to more than 8 million. "The megachurch folks learned that they have to address people where they are in their daily lives, and that's not in the sanctuary," says the Rev. Larry Hollon, who heads communications for the United Methodists. "The Methodist Church is beginning to recall that that is who we are as well."

With their new branding campaigns, mainline churches are betting that many young Americans are looking for worship alternatives to politically conservative evangelical congregations. A recent study conducted for the United Methodist Church by the Barna Group, a consulting firm specializing in faith-based polling, found that a third of Americans under 35 consider themselves spiritual but are not deeply connected to a church. "These young people have rejected too close a tie between religion and politics," says David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group. "So the mainline sensibility provides a unique opportunity to speak to them."

Barna's polling also found that young Americans share an increasingly global outlook and a concern for social justice issues like poverty. Ninety-six percent say they want to make a difference in the world. So the United Methodist Church's new ads and website feature Methodist-led service projects around the globe. The Lutheran Church's new branding campaign, called "God's Work, Our Hands," spotlights a church soup kitchen in North Dakota and a mission in Senegal that teaches women business skills.

For all their marketing research and high production value, though, mainliners' branding campaigns face big challenges. Many young people are more likely to volunteer through college organizations or groups like Habitat for Humanity than by joining a new church. Indeed, some religion scholars say the campaigns' social justice messages aren't distinct enough to break through. "Study after study has shown that religions that grow are the ones that are hard-core in some way. They have something that differs sharply from the culture in which they operate," says Boston University's Prothero. "That's the problem with mainline Protestantism: It's not different enough from mainstream America."

And bringing any kind of change to centuries-old denominations won't be easy. "The brand and character of the Episcopal Church is being driven by a lot of things that came out of 17th-century England," says Robert Putnam, a Harvard University professor who has studied church growth. "You can't change that with an ad campaign."

Some mainline church officials say their denominations have begun making broader changes, updating worship music and offering small-group environments for congregants. But the branding campaigns, they say, are just as important. "The large churches have been extremely good at initial evangelizing," says Anne Rudig, the director of communications for the Episcopal Church. "But I'm an evangelist, too."


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: apostasy; elca; episcopalians; evangelicals; evangelism; liberalprotestant; lutherans; mainlinechristian; megachurch; methodists; pcusa; presbyterians; religiousleft; umc; unitedmethodist
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Mainline churches lose 3.5M since 1990, while nondenominational-Evangelicals increase by 8M!

Draw your own conclusions, folks . . .

1 posted on 06/03/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT by fgoodwin
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To: Huber; sionnsar

Please ping the Episcopal / Anglican list.

Thanx


2 posted on 06/03/2009 7:29:13 PM PDT by fgoodwin (Fundamentalist, right-wing nut and proud father of a Life Scout!)
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To: fgoodwin

United Methodists may want try something that worked 2,000 years ago. Preaching Christ crucified and spare us the causes.


3 posted on 06/03/2009 7:29:48 PM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm not calling in sick; I'm calling in gone!)
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To: fgoodwin

I go to the local Church of God. We don’t need to advertise. The place is 3/4 full every Sunday and half full on Wednesday.


4 posted on 06/03/2009 7:30:56 PM PDT by Radl (sai)
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To: fgoodwin

Good bye, apostates!


5 posted on 06/03/2009 7:32:10 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Palin/Bachman 2012: Conservative Viagra)
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To: fgoodwin

Mainline churches lose 3.5M since 1990, while nondenominational-Evangelicals increase by 8M!
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Yep, the liberal churches are declining. The conservative ones are growing at a very rapid clip.

We recently had a baptism at our very conservative non-denom church (we hold one about every 3 months) with over 50 people baptized at the service.


6 posted on 06/03/2009 7:33:07 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see")
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To: Patrick1

“United Methodists may want try something that worked 2,000 years ago. Preaching Christ crucified and spare us the causes.”

Amen Brother, amen.


7 posted on 06/03/2009 7:33:23 PM PDT by EAGLE7 (They MAY take our lives but they'll never take our freedom!)
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To: fgoodwin

The Methodist Church and the Catholic Church endorse Sanctuary for Illegal Aliens and Amnesty and preach it from the pulpit - A NO WINNER FOR MILLIONS of Americans...

Many Protestant Churches have policies of minding the personal business of church members, couple counseling, individual counseling with ‘on staff’ counselors. Men like me do not want - nor will be tolerate a church getting involved in my personal or family business... Then there is ‘politics’ - churches should stay out of politics - period...

I want to go to a church to WORSHIP GOD - and nothing else...

And - I believe millions of American men believe as I do - worship God and leave me alone.


8 posted on 06/03/2009 7:34:37 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: fgoodwin

So they think their decline is due to their not pushing Liberalism hard enough. It’s hard to believe they could be so stupid.


9 posted on 06/03/2009 7:35:52 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: WorkingClassFilth
I was driving on a highway access road in Macon, GA last weekend, and I counted ten different churches all in a row. I mean, I love God but do we need ALL of these churches? Christ said, “Whenever two or more are gathered in my name...I shall be with them.” He said nothing about organized religion. We build the Crystal Cathedral and a host of TV camera strewn mega churches, yet Christ says simply, “There are many mansions in my Father's house.”

Maybe we got it all wrong. Maybe the Catholic Church took us all in the wrong direction. Maybe it was all meant to be a small personal experience shared on an intimate level. Didn't we start with house churches, supper tables and upstairs rooms? How did we get here? What if we went back? What if we were never supposed to be here in the first place? And who's benefiting? I guess if we follow the money as people say, we might find the answer (we would follow the collection plate up the aisle right to that charismatic figure at the front of the church...no not the statue on the cross... the guy with the baccalaureate rob and the white, white smile...in front of the cross).

It's just something to think about.

10 posted on 06/03/2009 7:38:50 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: fgoodwin
So it's pouring $20 million into a new marketing campaign, including the website, television advertisements, even street teams in some cities, to rebrand the church from stale destination to "24-7 experience."

I wonder if a "24-7 experience" of the religion they're selling at the Methodist Church is anything like the total Christian commitment Jesus had in mind. I suspect maybe not.

11 posted on 06/03/2009 7:39:19 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: fgoodwin
This deserves a great big barf alert.

These "churches" are the churches of Jeremiah Wright and Killer Tiller.

Beware any member of the National Council of Churches. They all need to die. They are apostate. They are churches, they are left wing political organizations.

• African Methodist Episcopal Church
• The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
• Alliance of Baptists
• American Baptist Churches in the USA
• Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
• Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
• Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
• Church of the Brethren
• The Coptic Orthodox Church in North America
• The Episcopal Church
• Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
• Friends United Meeting
• Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
• Hungarian Reformed Church in America
• International Council of Community Churches
• Korean Presbyterian Church in America
• Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
• Mar Thoma Church
• Moravian Church in America Northern Province and Southern Province
• National Baptist Convention of America
• National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
• National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
• Orthodox Church in America
• Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA
• Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
• Polish National Catholic Church of America
• Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
• Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
• Reformed Church in America
• Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada
• The Swedenborgian Church
• Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
• Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America
• United Church of Christ
• The United Methodist Church •

12 posted on 06/03/2009 7:39:22 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (I)
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To: fgoodwin

You can set out all the tables you want at a potluck, but if you don’t have any food to provide, people ain’t gonna come.


13 posted on 06/03/2009 7:40:09 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: fgoodwin

One guess why the Methodist church is shrinking: let’s see, if you’re going to abandon scripture, the only thing that works is name it and claim it, blab it and grab it. People don’t want to sit around and listen to some spiritual pluralists bloviating about bio-diesel behind the pulpit.


14 posted on 06/03/2009 7:40:53 PM PDT by farmer18th (If you preach "too big to let fail," you're also preaching "too small to let succeed.")
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To: farmer18th
spiritual pluralists bloviating about bio-diesel behind the pulpit

Turn with me, please, to the book of Second Ethanol.

15 posted on 06/03/2009 7:43:05 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: fgoodwin
Over the same period, the number identifying themselves as nondenominational Christians, the evangelical-style tradition of the megachurches, has exploded, from fewer than 200,000 to more than 8 million.

Explosive growth, the ecclesiastical puffball mushroom :

Barna's polling

A red flag. For me anyway.

16 posted on 06/03/2009 7:43:30 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (2)How many things are necessary for thee to know,..? the first, how great my sins and miseries are;)
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To: fgoodwin

Agreed.


17 posted on 06/03/2009 7:45:26 PM PDT by svcw
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

LOL doesn’t do it justice.


18 posted on 06/03/2009 7:45:32 PM PDT by farmer18th (If you preach "too big to let fail," you're also preaching "too small to let succeed.")
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To: johnnycap

There are 7 churches in Revelation, and as many reasons why people go to any given church as there are people in church. I love all the churches—the foundation of our love for freedom. I really miss them when I go to the cities, with all those buildings for worshipping man and money. My favorite place to worship is alone on a mountain top watching the sunset (and wondering if I’ll get down in time).


19 posted on 06/03/2009 7:46:21 PM PDT by huldah1776 ( Worthy is the Lamb)
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To: fgoodwin

What if a church was gospel-based and not a left-wing political site?


20 posted on 06/03/2009 7:47:31 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: Patrick1

Absolutely! Christ is our cause, our only cause and all else should be a distant second.

If you want to feed the poor, do it to glorify Christ. If you want to house the needy do it to glorify Christ.

Spare us anecdotal sermons about your home life and being a person. Tell us about Christ using the word of God...


21 posted on 06/03/2009 7:53:53 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: johnnycap

American Catholic Church supports La Raza, ACORN and Notre Dame abortionists. The Pope needs to fire a lot of people.


22 posted on 06/03/2009 7:53:58 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: huldah1776
There are 7 churches in Revelation

Somehow, I don't even think "Methodist" when I think of any of those Revelation churches. When I think of a church that could house a Hillary Clinton, my mind runs more to Molech, or Astarte, or Baal.
23 posted on 06/03/2009 7:54:48 PM PDT by farmer18th (If you preach "too big to let fail," you're also preaching "too small to let succeed.")
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To: ICCtheWay

not my methodist church.


24 posted on 06/03/2009 7:55:38 PM PDT by annelizly
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To: ICCtheWay

“Many Protestant Churches have policies of minding the personal business of church members, couple counseling, individual counseling with ‘on staff’ counselors. Men like me do not want - nor will be tolerate a church getting involved in my personal or family business...”

I disagree that this is bad, no doubt the main focus is teaching from Gods word of Christ but even Christian families have a need from time to time for intervention from elders, piers, or other wise people. So long as the core mission is not counseling having the service itself is invaluable.

Same goes for other community building, Churches should not be a place that you go to on Sunday, maybe for one bible study. The Church should be at the center of your social life, community structure, and support mechanism..


25 posted on 06/03/2009 7:57:19 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: fgoodwin

PREACH THE GOSPEL, LIVE THE GOSPEL. PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO YOUR DOORS.


26 posted on 06/03/2009 7:57:42 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Patrick1

AMEN.


27 posted on 06/03/2009 7:58:02 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: BnBlFlag

They’re deceived. The evil one has already seen to that.


28 posted on 06/03/2009 7:59:04 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: fgoodwin
Mainline churches lose 3.5M since 1990, while nondenominational-Evangelicals increase by 8M! Draw your own conclusions, folks . . .

My conclusion is that each misses the mark. The mainline churches are dying because they have swapped Jesus Christ for Marx and Rawls and similar degenerates.

The megachurches have swapped the Christian gospel for feel-good socializing and whatever sells.

Jesus Christ said it and Bonhoeffer reiterated, that the number of true Christians in the world would always be a small minority, and they could expect to be persecuted. Not much of a PR "brand" campaign is it?

But it's the truth. And this fetish with church growth and numbers reflects a typically American boomer mentality--- great for creating prosperity, for nurturing faith, not so great.

29 posted on 06/03/2009 8:00:09 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: johnnycap

We may HAVE to go back, if things keep going the way they are. People won’t be able to keep their big institutions going.


30 posted on 06/03/2009 8:00:10 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Redleg Duke

Hey, that might work...


31 posted on 06/03/2009 8:01:38 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: fgoodwin

I joined a Methodist Church last year. I helped start a theater group there, and we put on a Christian play at Christmas that was very successful and involved the community. We packed the house for all performances after doing months of rehearsal and involving actors from kindergarteners to older adults.

A few of the liberals in the church (who cared nothing about doing theater there before) decided we had to do more issue-oriented plays. One of the woman in the church transcribed a politically correct children’s book word-for-word and called it a play. I pointed out, for starters, that wasn’t going to work on stage. Another woman said we had to do this play because it was about “tolerance.”

I said that “tolerance” was a meaningless concept. The important question was “tolerate what?” After all, we don’t want our kids tolerating genocide. I was told to shut up.

I thought the whole experience was a microcosm of why the Methodist Church is failing. We had created a meaningful religious theater group. It got trampled to death by the self-worship of liberalism.


32 posted on 06/03/2009 8:03:16 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: fgoodwin

Churches that are preaching the Word of God, in depth, are growing. Churches that are trying to be politically correct are dying. Go figure!


33 posted on 06/03/2009 8:12:50 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: fgoodwin

We go to a Calvary Chapel here in Nevada and our attendance is skyrocketing.


34 posted on 06/03/2009 8:13:12 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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To: fgoodwin

People are flocking to our Catholic Church.

We just had to install sound and a screen in an adjoining room for overflow crowds. Maybe time to build a new Church or get an assistant and offer more Masses. Our priest is already doing four Masses every weekend.


35 posted on 06/03/2009 8:16:46 PM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: fgoodwin

**Barna’s polling also found that young Americans share an increasingly global outlook **

Go ANYWHERE in the world and attend a Catholic Mass. If it’s in Latin the words are the same. If it is a native language, English speakers can still attend.


36 posted on 06/03/2009 8:18:54 PM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: fgoodwin
"What if church wasn't just a building, but thousands of doors?" asks a new website launched by the United Methodist Church. "Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church. . . . Would you come?"


37 posted on 06/03/2009 8:19:35 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: ICCtheWay

**Catholic Church endorse Sanctuary for Illegal Aliens **

Source please.


38 posted on 06/03/2009 8:20:00 PM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: Marysecretary

Agree with you all the way. Exactly what our priest does.


39 posted on 06/03/2009 8:21:48 PM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: fgoodwin

Since 1990 our little Southern Baptist church has grown from about 150 on Sundays to 2200 last Easter. On Wednesdays, we have about 200 teenagers show up to hang out at church and receive a Christian message. We have more children under 4 years old than many churches have adults.

Also, the United Methodist Church has gone liberal and embraced homosexual marriage, does not condemn out of wedlock births, and glosses over the gospel in favor of feel good theology. It has become a club and not a church where God and his son are worshiped.


40 posted on 06/03/2009 8:25:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: farmer18th
When I think of a church that could house a Hillary Clinton, my mind runs more to Molech, or Astarte, or Baal.

There was some speculation, back during the Clinton regime, that Hillary had some occultic connection. Pretty far out there, IMHO. Tinfoilhattery. Oh, yeah, here we go: HILLARY CLINTON WEARS NEW LAPEL PIN THAT ABSOLUTELY PROVES SHE IS AN ILLUMINIST.

41 posted on 06/03/2009 8:39:40 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (2)How many things are necessary for thee to know,..? the first, how great my sins and miseries are;)
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To: Lee N. Field

That’s not fair. I wasn’t even wearing my tin foil hat or running around in my masonic apron before the great owl in the forest when I wrote that.


42 posted on 06/03/2009 8:59:46 PM PDT by farmer18th (If you preach "too big to let fail," you're also preaching "too small to let succeed.")
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To: fgoodwin

They just can’t get it through their heads that people don’t go to church because it’s *trendy*.

That people don’t go to a church because it looks like a spaceship.

That people won’t like a sermon better if the “clergyperson” is dressed like Elvis.

That people don’t want a Bible that calls God “She”, is “Afro-centric” written in the vernacular, poorly, tries to ingratiate with moral relativism, suggests that Jesus was “gay, and that’s okay”, and otherwise looks like it was written by a sarcastic atheist.

Nor do people like hymnals that 40 years ago were pop songs, and bubblegum ones at that, lyrics unchanged. Why should that matter?


43 posted on 06/03/2009 9:11:21 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: hinckley buzzard

“The megachurches have swapped the Christian gospel for feel-good socializing and whatever sells.”

Please don’t put all eggs in the saddleback basket

http://hopeingod.org/

“that the number of true Christians in the world would always be a small minority”

Lets assume (and I know this is incorrect) that each and every person in a ‘mega chuch’ is saved (thats 8M people)

2% of the US population
and a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the world population..

Yes in most, if not all, churches there is a ton of chaff but to assume any church with numbers is (1) putting them ahead of God or (2) not preaching the gospel is specious.


44 posted on 06/03/2009 11:47:42 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: reaganaut
We recently had a baptism at our very conservative non-denom church (we hold one about every 3 months) with over 50 people baptized at the service.

I wasn't impressed with that statement until I got to the "50 people" part. Our (also non-denom) church couldn't handle 50 people baptized in any reasonable amount of time. We have been baptizing at least 2-3 per week, lately.

I'm guessing that crowd was done in a "muddy water" baptism? Up here in Michigan, open air baptisms are not extremely popular. For at least one month per year, you had better bring chain saws, and a lot of the rest of the year it is still a little cold to expect anyone to get wet outside.

45 posted on 06/04/2009 2:45:41 AM PDT by magslinger (The first dog has papers but the President doesn't. How interesting!-cubsfanconswoman)
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To: Salvation

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2264321/posts?page=35#35

In saying “our” Catholic Church, I was referring to my local Catholic Church — not all the Roman Catholic Churches of the U. S.

Many are bursting at the seams like ours is, because the Gospel is being preached and people are being called to accountability for their sins.

I have heard it said that the two things that distinguish a “Good” Catholic Church — are
1. The length of the lines at the Confessional
2. The number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life from one’s parish.

Our church was absolutely packed at the first one above during the Easter Reconciliation Service. Seven priests’ jaws dropped in amazement as they behold the number of repentants seeking Confession.

We have a couple of live ones on the vocation path, too. One attended Mount Angel Prep at the Seminary last year and is finishing his Associate degree this year at the local Community College.


46 posted on 06/04/2009 7:58:15 AM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

Oops
they beheld the number of repentants seeking Confession.


47 posted on 06/04/2009 8:00:13 AM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: ahadams2; x_plus_one; bastantebueno55; Needham; sc70; jpr_fire2gold; Tennessee Nana; QBFimi; ...
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48 posted on 06/04/2009 8:13:32 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: Patrick1
United Methodists may want try something that worked 2,000 years ago. Preaching Christ crucified and spare us the causes.

What would Jesus say?

"Peter, feed my sheep. And remember always, sheep do not like astro-turf."

49 posted on 06/04/2009 8:32:42 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...
For this reference:

The Lutheran Church's new branding campaign, called "God's Work, Our Hands," spotlights a church soup kitchen in North Dakota and a mission in Senegal that teaches women business skills.



Lutheran Ping!

Veni, Sanctae Spiritus!

50 posted on 06/04/2009 10:38:33 AM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini.)
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