Thom S. Rainer
My role is to report what I see, not what I prefer. In light of that assignment, here are seven thoughts I have about passing the offering plate.
This question and its ensuing discussion continues. Do I really need to be a member of a church?
We specifically pray for the dying churches. We pray they will do something before it’s too late.
The title of this article might engender some visceral reactions. I get it. It is not a pleasant subject.
Pastors are unique in the cumulative number of microstresses in their lives. And, left alone without care, these microstresses can lead to a total collapse.
For almost 30 years, we have tracked the tenure of pastors. Though some of the categories are the same, the time periods and the descriptions of the periods continue to evolve. We are now in a post-pandemic, post-Christian era. The changes are significant.
Pastors are tired because culture is no longer friendly to churches and to church leaders. Pastors are tired because of internal church conflict. Pastors are tired because of the barrage of social media conflict.
You’ve been with your church for a while now. Something is now urging you to leave the church. We will not get into evaluating your reasons. Let’s just say you have made the decision, or you are close to making that decision.
Church worship gatherings are getting smaller. Two major factors are contributing to this trend.
The watching world sees our lukewarm commitment and rightly concludes we are not committed to the Savior who gave us our churches. If we don’t take Jesus seriously, why should they?