The conversation of the decline and future of the North American Church continues
Jun 16th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
May 30th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
One of the most challenging articles on the future of the church that I have read in a long time.
May 20th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Dear Church, I happen to be one of those millennials you keep reading about. I don’t think you really know me. Let me tell you a few things.
One to ponder.
May 11th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Many churches are just a few years away from dying and closing. Revitalization is an urgent need.
May 1st, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Rachel Held Evans nails it again. Authenticity trumps cool for millennials.
Another fascinating article that I want to come back to and say more. However, this Kierkegaard quote sums it up.
Søren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth-century Danish philosopher, commented on this disconnect between belief and practice, “The matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world?”3
Apr 1st, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Its an ongoing trend that I need to ponder more.
Mar 27th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Specifically, in the last 2 years, I have see one common thread become a common rope. Its presence is now ubiquitous; every church I talk with mentions this problem…. I have never seen a problem discussed this commonly amid a diversity of church sizes and denominational affiliations.
“What is this one trend? It’s that your most committed people will attend worship services less frequently than ever in 2015. [Emphasis added.]
“What does this mean? Simply that people who use[d] to attend 4 times a month may only attend 3 times a month. Members who used to come twice a month will only come once a month.”
It is making weekly worship attendance a less relevant figure as you may have the same number of active people in other aspects of congregational life but in weekly worship, you now see up to 20% less people in the pews than three years ago.
Aug 24th, 2014 by Tom Lyberg
And here we go.
We’re so weary of feeling like nothing more than a religious agenda; an argument to win, a point to make, a cause to defend, a soul to save.
We want to be more than a notch on your Salvation belt; another number to pad your Twitter posts and end-of-year stat sheets.
We need to be more than altar call props, who are applauded and high-fived down the aisle, and then forgotten once the song ends.
We’ve been praying for you to stop evangelizing us, and preaching at us, and fighting us, and judging us, and sin-diagnosing us, long enough to simply hear us…
… even if we are the problem.