American church spending on buildings: the good, the bad, and the ugly for where the church is, has been, and is going

So the Wall Street Journal on January 16, 2015 posted an article citing that church construction spending has gone down. You will need an online subscription to see it in its entirety.

Church construction in the U.S. has fallen 80% since 2002, now at its lowest level since record-keeping began in 1967, according to reporting […]

The new Pew Religion Survey results are in …

I was reading the newspaper and found that the results of the lastest religion in America survey have been posted here. I don’t know if anything categorically new is in it, but the trend of the growing amount of unaffiliated continues. Having lived in the West coast for the last 11.5 years, I’m not surprised. […]

Modalities, Sodalities and the need for new wineskins

The late Ralph Winter of U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena wrote an interesting piece that shows the two complementary [though often mistaken as competing] aspects of CHURCH called Modalities and Sodalities. To distill his point, historically, the one CHURCH of Jesus Christ has always operated in two differing structures: one outward-expanding and the […]

Reaping what American Churches Have Sown…

Bad theology yield bad values. Bad values yield bad choices. Bad choices yield bad consequences. We are beginning to see the consequences on a macro-level. Hopefully, this will help these churches reshape, regroup, and rethink why they exist and how they should accordingly spend God’s resources they are to steward.

 

taken from http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20204117/more-churches-face-foreclosure-debts-that-fall-beyond

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An interesting point from 0rganic Church Greenh0use Trainings

I was reminded by two good friends here in Gl0be about this illuminating chart that explains key differences between 0rganic and attractional churches:

 

Cultivating Sowing Tending Growing Harvesting

Att. Churches: Passive Passive Active Active Passive

Org. Churches: Active Active Passive Passive Active

 

Whether or not 0rganic churches and o.c. leaders follow the […]

Interesting post by Skye Jethan1 on the longterm sustainability of megachurches

You can find it here. While mega(now giga!)churches are easy targets, the information Jethan1 discusses is worth listening to for organized, attractional churches on the whole. There are some serious sustainability issues they face — and even now are facing with the downturn of the economy.

I believe God is speaking with this financial crisis, […]

Closely-Knit Relationships – a non-negotiable for standing up in hard times

“…nuclear warfare is not necessary to cause a breakdown of our society. You take a large city like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago– their water supply comes from hundreds of miles away and any interruption of that, or food, or power for any period of time you’re going to have riots in the streets. Our […]

A damning Kierkeg@ard quote that I wish was not true

This is from Soren Kierkeg@ard, who was a lone prophetic voice railing against Christendom and the false disciples it made. He did not live long, but he, for good reason, is constantly quoted by secular philosophers (as a profound early existentialist) as well as Christian luminaries like Richard F0ster, Dallas Wil1ard, and Ravi Zach@rias. Below […]

Some super insightful thoughts from Ralph Winter on the fragmentation of families and American Church life

I got these quotes from John White’s blog, and it’s pretty darn good — especially considering that it is coming from Ralph Winter (recently past missions guru who started the U.S. Center for World Missions in Pasadena and was the editor of of Mission Frontiers). Winter’s thoughts are worth reading to help us better diagnose […]

“Doing,” “Running,” and “Being” Church

So today marks the second Sunday where I wasn’t “going to,” “doing” or “running” church [as we know it] since we left pastoral ministry in the Bay area and moved to Arizona, and it’s a weird feeling. Last Sunday morning, I hung out at a cafe with Dez1 and Bryce , talked about pioneer journey […]