Religion in America

Girl on Church Steps
I get tired of everyone always claiming the sky is falling for the church. We are definitely in a new era of life and faith in America. But, I remain confident that the words of Jesus about the church is true: "…and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." 

It seems that vibrant, healthy churches are doing fine and continue to attract new people. Dead and/or dysfunctional churches are struggling, generally. As it's always been in that regard.

However, there is no question that the average person today is more cynical and suspicious than in previous times.

Just yesterday I watched this report on the decline of the church and faith in America on the CBS Evening news. Thoughts?

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Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. You are right. Churches that our healthy and filled with a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ seem to do what they are called to do – be missional, be salt, yeast, and light. On the other hand, dead and/or dysfunctional churches seem only to produce negative results (and I would add the most extreme fundamentalist and theologically liberal churches in this list). What is needed is for the healthy and vibrant churches to encourage and support more missional church planting. We also need, as one of my former professors suggested, is to let some church congregations die because they do the cause of Christ more harm than good.
    Grace and peace,

  2. In regards to this, did you take a look at the Youtube video that Donielle Winter posted? The title is something like “what if Starbucks was marketed like a church”. It’s funny, but pretty thought provoking.

  3. Interesting that CBS reports non-denominational churches are still going strong. There is something timelessly attractive about simple Christianity, without manmade creeds, traditions, & bureaucracy getting in the way. That is, at least theoretically, the appeal of the Church of Christ.
    I regret the low levels of faith among the younger generation. We are called to be strangers & pilgrims in this world. I just wish a few more of my peers were boarding the spiritual Mayflower.
    Sorry I haven’t visited NCCC in awhile. Been busy at the home congregation. iTunes is great, but not quite like seeing the real thing.

  4. LOL…You should read Alan Roxburgh’s, The Sky Is Falling: Leaders Lost in Transition. It helps explain the reality we’re facing and offers some hope for a renewed future. The good news of this decline is it offers the church unprecedented opportunities for starting a whole new dialogue about faith – less about us and more about them.