Questioning The DeclineDealing With The Decline, Spiritual Topics & Discussion, Worship Survey / Discussion Friday, March 9th, 2012
According to a recent article in The Christian Chronicle, churches of Christ have declined by 102,000 members over the course of only eight years. This alarming statistic should provide more than adequate motivation for leaders to examine the causes of such an unfortunate defection.
There is no doubt that there are a number of factors that contribute to such a radical decline. Although I can’t offer scientific evidence, Sharon and I absorb a rare perspective through observing the church from a broad scope through our travels. A couple of conclusions have become obvious: 1. A large number of churches do not place adequate priority upon their worship, and 2. A significant number of members are leaving our congregations in search of more meaningful worship experiences. I’m convinced this trend can be turned around through worship renewal.
People from many different church backgrounds read this blog, but I’m guessing that some of the trends are similar across various denominations – - and I welcome your comments.
What are your thoughts? Do think the church decline (referenced in the article) is tied in any way to worship and/or music? Do you believe that leaders should re-examine their assemblies? Are people leaving congregations for reasons connected to worship or music?
I pray that we can find effective solutions. Thanks for sharing in this discussion.
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