- The mainline denominations have become the sideline denominations. Non-denominational churches outnumber denominational congregations in attendance.
- Millennials have little interest in local churches. We are losing this portion of America at an alarming rate.
- Many churches are struggling with maintaining their operations or are able to do so because of a foundation of some type.
- It is a struggle to replace aging clergy. It is true for Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
"The Great Commission of Matthew 28"
There is a huge chasm between going to church and being the church. The church-going population is in decline. Nationally, only about 38% attend worship. For Millennials, born between 1980 – 2000, only 17% are connected to a local church. I know that Charlotte’s church attendance is higher at 52%.
Seminary enrollment for all flavors of theological discipline is down. Emerging leaders today are not concerned with institutional maintenance but with missional effectiveness. This preference is a focus on ministry by the church rather than ministry in the church that is largely confined to existing members.
Mission is our non-negotiable task. The Great Commission of Matthew 28 makes that very clear.