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February 05, 2018
Why Don’t Churches Try to Reach the Biggest Demographic of the Unchurched?
My granddaughter invited a friend to church yesterday. She was nine years old and she...
January 25, 2018
How Should Churches Respond to the New Findings about American Religion?
In our recent post "Only Moderate Religion Is On the Decline," we reported on new research...
June 13, 2017
Southern Baptist Numbers Are Shrinking
Why are conservative churches growing over all, but some are not?
March 08, 2017
Converts to “religion of freedom” are boosting church attendance in Europe
The Muslim immigrants converting to Christianity are having a noticeable effect on church growth and church...
March 07, 2017
Will Islam become the world’s largest religion?
A new study says that Islam will pass Christianity as the world's largest religion by...
January 26, 2017
“The crowd is untruth”
In our discussion of yesterday's post The Problem with Crowds, Stefan Stackhouse linked to an...
December 16, 2016
Theology & church growth
Canadian researchers conducted a study of mainline Protestant churches (Anglican, Presbyterian, Uniting, and Evangelical Lutheran...
August 04, 2016
Where Christianity is growing the fastest
The world's fastest growing church is that of IRAN. Despite--or maybe because of--horrific persecution, the...
February 16, 2016
Unintended consequences of megachurches
The larger the group, the less the individual involvement. That's a long-established finding of social...
May 21, 2015
Liturgy as a key to church growth?
More on young adults rejecting the church growth approach to worship and craving liturgy. I...
March 26, 2015
Who the Unchurched Really Are
Most evangelism programs, church growth tactics, and other attempts to reach the "unchurched" concentrate on...
April 30, 2014
More from Methodist minister Morgan Guyton's post entitled "Six Ways that Capitalism Fails the Church." ...
January 17, 2014
The Millennials’ longing for liturgy & sacraments
Congregations that want to attract the millennial generation are now being told to ditch their...
December 06, 2013
Church growth for confessional Lutherans
OK, I've been kind of hard on the church growth movement lately (e.g., here and...
August 30, 2013
A sociologist looks at Progressive vs. Conservative Christianity
In the context of a discussion about a growing movement of conservative Catholicism in England,...
October 10, 2012
One fifth of Americans have no religion
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has published an important new study of...
August 26, 2011
Who the unchurched actually are
You want church growth? You want to reach the unchurched? Stop the preoccupation with middle...
May 31, 2011
The end of the megachurch?
As we have already blogged about, Robert Schuller's megachurch has gone into bankruptcy. Now the...
April 08, 2011
The fastest-growing denomination
That would be the Seventh-Day Adventists: Rest on the Sabbath. Heed Old Testament dietary codes....
January 15, 2010
Microchurches really are “in”
In my "in" and "out" prediction of fashions for the new year, I predicted that...
November 06, 2009
Worship going to the dogs
The latest in church growth worship styles: dog-centric services: When the Rev. Tom Eggebeen took...
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