From Thom Rainer
Podcast Episode #222
On today’s episode, we provide a descriptive look at six church practices that are fading in many North American churches. These fading practices cross almost all theological and denominational lines.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Few churches do Sunday evening worship well. Most don’t do them well or don’t do them at all.
- So many churches did away with programmatic evangelism, but never replaced it with any other evangelistic efforts.
- The majority of churches in North America do not have anything intentional in place for local evangelism.
- If people are joining a church, there’s a natural assumption that it’s evangelistic. But most times, it’s not.
- Mark Dever and the IX Marks group have helped bring the importance of regenerate church membership to the forefront.
- The Millennials are moving the church to an outward focus more than any other factor.
The six church practices that are fading are:
- Sunday evening worship
- Programmatic evangelism
- In-home visitation
- Easy membership
- Inwardly busy church
- Seasonal revivals
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