-102,138: On Decline in Churches of Christ

Last last week, the Christian Chronicle reported a loss of 102,138 members of Churches of Christ since 2003. They report: “The total number of adherents — which includes members and their children — in the nation’s historically a cappella congregations stands at 1,554,579, according to 21st Century Christian’s new statistical data sheet. That’s down 6.2 percent from […]

A Meeting on the Future of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures

Yesterday, Pepperdine University invited a group of Southern California ministers to a lunch and roundtable discussion of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. I know about half of you who read this blog aren’t from Churches of Christ. You should know the Pepperdine Bible Lectures (which take place every May on Pepperdine’s beautiful Malibu campus) is the […]

Who Are You Fighting?

Leadership systems often operate reactively. Though few would admit it, leadership cultures often operate to serve the church by “protecting it” from what they fear the most. This is a reactive, fear-based way of approaching church leadership. This way of leading isn’t of God, because it’s rooted in fear. This model bears two children in […]