Category Archives: Churches of Christ in Decline

The 2015 Churches of Christ in the United States, Part 2

The Christian Chronicle has run a story featuring the news of the declining membership in the Churches of Christ. You should definitely visit their site and read the story. The story provides some additional data: Add in unbaptized children and … Continue reading

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The 2015 Churches of Christ in the United States, Part 1

21st Century Christian has just published the 2015 edition of The Churches of Christ in the United States. The book is not yet available on Amazon.com. (The most recent version on Amazon is from 2012.) It’s not available in Kindle … Continue reading

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A Hospice for Dead Churches

Part 1 Ed Stetzer is an expert on church growth and a consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention. I’m a fan. He recently wrote a blog post called “Creating a Hospice Ministry for Churches.” I thought it was about churches … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ in Decline: Lessons from Liberal Christianity

Ross Douthat has published an intriguing piece in the New York Times Sunday Review dealing with the demise of liberal Christianity in the U.S. Now, the usual reaction to such reports from the Churches of Christ and other conservative denominations … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ in Decline: Comparing Ourselves with the Southern Baptists

There are, of course, many similarities between the Churches of Christ and the Southern Baptists. Sadly, one similarity is that both denominations are in numerical decline. This has been known for a while, but we now see that the rate … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Christian Chronicle reports slow growth by the independent Christian Churches

The Christian Chronicle has just posted an article criticizing the notion that the independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ* have been enjoying “phenomenal” growth.

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Churches of Christ: Why They Left: An Action Plan

We are reflecting on Why They Left: Listening to Those Who Have Left Churches of Christ by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. I read this book on the plane, flying to the Tulsa Workshop last month. I immediately knew I had … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Why They Left, Data Regarding the Larger Picture

Having reviewed much of the available data for Churches of Christ in the U.S., I thought it would be helpful to review data for the American church, more broadly defined. This information is from Bradley R.E. Wright, Christians Are Hate-Filled … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Why They Left:, “Good News and Bad News”

We’ve been considering Why They Left: Listening to Those Who Have Left Churches of Christ by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. We can think of this as a sequel to his Good News and Bad News: A Realistic Assessment of the Churches … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Why They Left: Chapters 11 & 12

We are reflecting on Why They Left: Listening to Those Who Have Left Churches of Christ by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. In chapter 11, Yeakley addresses the role of women. Seven of the 325 responses were from women who left … Continue reading

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