Rebuild My Church

As many of you may know, my passion is the Church — its unity, its sanctity, its truth. I lament the state of the Church for a lot of reasons.

Here is a visual lament, beautiful and mournful: Thirty Abandoned Churches from Around the World.

Imagine vital communities gathering, celebrating, remembering, worshipping in these buildings. What spiritual parasite has destroyed these communities? Where did faith go?

I am convinced that it is impossible — apart from divine sustenance, like God-directed ravens feeding the lonely prophet in the wilderness — for most Christians to sustain faith without community. Faith is a team sport. We all go our own ways, and the dust gathers on the pews, and faith withers and fears creep in.

I’m tempted to post a few pictures of some of the will-remain-unnamed-megachurches from around the country, bursting with thousands of churchgoers watching a dry-iced band performance and a smiley-slick preacher and ask whether they are variations on the same theme of ruin, but I won’t. I’m not sure packing the pews is a sign of health, either.

About K. Mulhern

Kathleen Mulhern teaches courses in world history, European history, and history of Christianity. She has taught at Denver Seminary, Colorado School of Mines, and Regis University. She particularly focuses on the historical roots of the political, economic, religious, and cultural systems that have contributed to contemporary society.

  • Robin

    And if the people are not finding community in the pews- where are they finding it in our cultural landscape? Starbucks? Or???? Hard thoughts- thank you for thinking and sharing them.

  • Becca

    YES, our church is getting dry, but small groups are the way to cure the dryness in my opinion. This is the way to REALLY get to know people, and their strengths and weaknesses.


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