Category Archives: Churches of Christ in Decline

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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Churches of Christ: Why They Left: Chapters 8, 9 & 10

We are reflecting on Why They Left: Listening to Those Who Have Left Churches of Christ by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. Chapter 8 deals with elders, ministers, and other leaders within the Church. It’s a good chapter. Yeakley argues that … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Why They Left: Chapters 6 & 7

We are reflecting on Why They Left: Listening to Those Who Have Left Churches of Christ by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. In chapter 6, Yeakley speaks to the psychology of church. He speaks to the fact that humans have different … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Why They Left: Chapter 5

We are reflecting on Why They Left: Listening to Those Who Have Left Churches of Christ by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. Chapter 5 is called “Lost by Neglect.” It’s a vitally important chapter. Yeakley first describes the many survey responses … Continue reading

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