Jan 21st, 2016 by Tom Lyberg
A hard, honest look at why people are really walking away from church.
Source: Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are Really Leaving You
An honest and sobering appraisal of the 21st Century Church. Baby Boomer contemporary has run its course. The tight binding of tradition and doctrine of 19th Century Revivalism and decision theology survives as judgmentalism. People are hungry for mystery, relationship, and grace.
Is the church up for it today? One wonders.
Jan 9th, 2016 by Tom Lyberg
Jan 5th, 2016 by Tom Lyberg
Discover the real purpose of church.
Source: Stop Waiting for Your Church to ‘Feed’ You | RELEVANT Magazine
Its one of the most tired excuses pastors are given but this is good reflection on how we can better address it and raise up mature Christians. But it all flies in the face of our culture of consumerism and “church shopping.”
Jan 2nd, 2016 by Tom Lyberg
I was listening to a sports radio show on my way to church one morning. The two DJs were doing their usual bit of asking each other trivia questions. One of the DJs asked…
Source: Ministry Matters™ | Why many welcoming churches are dying churches
Welcoming is a passive activity, the “Field of Dreams” approach of build it, they will come, welcome them when the arrive, they will stay. That is distinctly different from being missional. Good thoughts.
Dec 30th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christianity in America. According to the report,
Source: Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America? | Zack Hunt
Food for thought.
Sep 5th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Source: 3 Reasons Contemporary Worship IS Declining, and 5 Things We Can Do to Help the Church Move On
Its interesting how the above 50 crowd still thinks “contemporary” worship is where it at to attract “young people.” Mainline congregations are aging and yet in their tradition, they have one of the things that Millennials are looking for – participatory worship grounded in the older tradition of the Church. They aren’t interested in a band show, they can go to other places to hear better bands and they want deeper relational content and context then a performance hall with a stage and light show.
The puzzlement of why contemporary worship isn’t drawing young people is that the question is now being asked by Baby Boomers who invented contemporary worship when they were young. Now they are the retiring generation and the “young” generation is fascinated by Mad Men, ancient worship, and Civil War era beards. Their music and their lifestyle is not compatible or interested in 1990s praise and worship or a prosperity Gospel. They are looking for authenticity, relationships, a connection to a meaningful past, and a Gospel to get through the difficulties of debt, strained relationships, and serve a fractured world. Good article.
Aug 15th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
I am seeing more congregations move to the singular worship style approach.
Source: Six Reasons Some Churches Are Moving Back to One Worship Style
Thom Rainer is another writer I enjoy. Theologically a little different as a Southern Baptist but he is a keen observer of church culture and trends. This move back to one style of worship article is also pointing back to the Millennial shift to more traditional worship, what Len Sweet and others call “ancient future” worship. For my tribe, Lutherans, it can bode well if we can do our style of liturgical worship in ways that are both well and welcoming. The search is on for something more than praise and worship or congregations that are trying to do more styles than they have gifted people and leaders. A good read.
Aug 15th, 2015 by Tom Lyberg
Source: On Being an iPhone Pastor for a Typewriter Church | The Millennial Pastor
This is yet another great blog post from The Millennial Pastor that gives a great insight into the great generational divide in the Church. While he looks at it from the Millennial/Boomer divide, its also true for many of us GenXers. We are a bridge generation between the two, equally dissatisfied with Boomer culture and sense of church, but we were raised in the references. Standing between the two, we may have the chance to transition the church so there is a future for and with Millennials.
Either way, a good read and makes the point that while most congregations ask the question how do we get the young people back, it really needs to begin with why they left. And that includes those who weren’t raised in the church but showed up once and never came back. Essentially, we need to look at ourselves and how we live and express the Gospel and Great Commission first.
Here’s a good quote: But we aren’t talking about why people are leaving church.
And we certainly aren’t talking about how to translate ourselves into a church for 2015 and beyond. Instead, we are talking about restructuring, and right-sizing… the corporate language of the 80s and 90s.
I suspect that this is where a lot of conversations in local churches, in districts and national offices are going. Churches are trying to catch up to the 80s… while my millennial contemporaries are leaving churches because the cultural commute to even access church is just too far a journey.
We need to learn to give away the church to the next generation(s) before we die. If we don’t, the church will die with us.