In preparation for writing this post I read several books, monographs and articles on outreach or evangelism or church growth. Why Nobody Wants to be Around Christians Anymore, Thom and Joani Schultz, The Rise of Nones, James Emery White,
In Church Refugees, Ashleigh Hope and Josh Packard, Group Publishing, say that numerous seasoned believers are leaving churches in droves.
“What Works Today,” by Rob Toal, in The State of Church Ministry in America, 2017. Ctpastors.com, October, 2016:
I have also interviewed several leaders, young people and retired persons about their perceptions of the situation.
The recent monograph from www.ctpastors.com summarizes the biggest barriers to outreach this way. “Today’s church faces profound challenges within the broader culture: political correctness, postmodern relativism, religious pluralism. We live in a society full of unchurched people who don’t know the basic tenets of Christianity or thee redemptive story the scriptures tell. The church at large has a poor reputation among non-Christians. Many hold distorted views of Jesus, the gospel, and traditional Christian faith, so they are biased against us before we had a chance to start a conversation.
As you read the items above, do you agree that the primary cause of church decline comes from a lack of interest and spiritual knowledge of the unchurched?
Do you think other issues are most important?
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