A spiritual myth: "Divorce is just as common in the church as in the world"

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Have you ever heard someone cite these statements as fact? 1) "Fifty percent of American marriages end in divorce, or 2) "The divorce rate in the church is just as bad as the divorce rate in the world." I've always had serious doubts about those statistics. They didn't seem consistent with what I witnessed every day.

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3 (there are a lot more) ways to be a prolific time waster

I’ve just taken a two month sabbatical and, hey, I know how to waste time. For example: I love to write until, out of boredom, I feel a need to begin yet another project that I may or may not finish. I love to produce video projects for non-profits and ...
July 04, 2014   Doug Lawrence

The #1 reason for decline in church attendance

Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing. Most of us have ideas about this development. Many suggest that our nation is shifting away from its Christian roots. Thus, ...
July 01, 2014   Thom Rainer

Why does God allow so much pain?

This spring I attended the funeral of Barbara Comp, the widow of Gerald Comp. The preacher of my hometown church, I described Gerald’s tragic passing in the first chapter of my new book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? It has been 46 years since that heart-breaking tragedy. ...
July 01, 2014   Bob Russell

Four keys to planning for church health

Based on both research and anecdotal evidence, I estimate that nine out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their community—if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign for the church in America. Through the feedback I’ve received on this ...
June 19, 2014   Thom Rainer

Five reasons "kicking the can" leadership leads to disaster

Okay, I’m joining the crowd. As we contemplate the forthcoming congressional and state elections in November, the majority of Americans are tired and angry about political leaders who put off major decisions. Many call this habit of indecisive leaders “kicking the can.” I’m mad at President Obama. I’m mad at ...
June 05, 2014   Thom Rainer

America going to pot

On January 1, 2014 Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. Not surprisingly, the weed business is thriving. Pot parties are the rage of the Rockies. The general consensus is that Colorado’s decision will be the nationwide wave of the future; Washington ...
June 05, 2014   Bob Russell

Why your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation ...
May 29, 2014   Will Mancini

The gospel of prevention

Most of us are familiar with the old adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is why we vaccinate our children against disease. Indeed, the primary emphasis of medicine today has shifted to maintaining wellness instead of just curing illness.  We all know the wisdom of ...
May 09, 2014   Bob Russell

Four ways to create unity in your church

In my last post in this space, I reviewed my autopsy of a deceased church, which included the members having “more and more arguments about what they wanted.” This selfishness both created and sustained the one thing no church can tolerate for very long if it hopes to survive: disunity. It is ...
May 09, 2014   Thom Rainer

Do the Scriptures' plurals make sense to "youse" too?

I grew up in the Church of the Brethren denomination that has offices in Elgin, Ill. That’s the Church of the Brethren—not the River Brethren, nor the Plymouth Brethren, nor The Brethren Church, nor the Mennonite Brethren, nor the Dunkard Brethren. The Church of the Brethren is the larger of ...
May 09, 2014   Ronald Keener

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