Will your church be alive in ten years? by Ken Briggs OpinionParish - (NCR)

Will your church be alive in ten years? by Ken Briggs OpinionParish - (NCR)

these stark realities of decline go largely unnoticed because church structures retain the size and stateliness of more prosperous times - review of Christianity in the USA

Like stocks and bonds and the real estate market, religion has become more about "futures," not in the Kingdom of God sense but in the realm of numbers. As in, is your church likely to be alive in 10 or 20 years?

America's vitality is usually measured by growth or lack of it, epitomized by the Gross National Product report card. The tools for calculating gains and losses are digital and electronic, spewing a ubiquitous swarm of survey results and polls purporting to tell us how our institutions —and, by extension, we — are doing

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