Methodists see clues for growth in thriving churches (from USATODAY.com)

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“Worship is like going to a mall,” Millard said. “There are all kinds of stores. Some people like specialty shops. Some like department stores. When you have variety, people can go where they like.”

via Methodists see clues for growth in thriving churches – USATODAY.com.

And so, we create consumers instead of contributors, we cater to the wants and wishes of the sheep instead of leading them, and all the while the gospel suffers because we think it is about what we want, and not what Christ wants.

What is additionally frightening is the quote offered towards the end of the article, which says:

“The exciting thing is any church can do this. They’re all possible for any size congregation. Any congregation can become vital if they start to practice these things.”

Notice, there was nothing mentioned about Christ, the cross, the gospel, discipleship, progressive sanctification, mortification of sin, or anything else.  Things get scary when we make God a formula, and “church growth” the end.  It produces studies like this.

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

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2 comments on “Methodists see clues for growth in thriving churches (from USATODAY.com)
  1. Quite a twist on Smith’s liturgy of the mall.

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