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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 4, Defining Our Challenges

My concerns with us are — * The progressives have failed to articulate a thoughtful, comprehensive theology for why we believe what we believe. * The progressives have largely turned our backs on the conservatives, not creating the literature or … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 3, Compassion for the Conservatives

To understand my complaints with the progressives (including me), I have to explain some of my concerns for the spiritual state of the conservatives. Do you remember my earlier summary of Joe Beam’s article on what’s going on in the … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 2, Why We Don’t Know Who We Are

If you were to ask most Church members whether we’re headed for a split as a “fellowship,” meaning denomination, most would say the split is already well underway. Many would say it’s already complete. In my church, when a couple … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 1, Background

Lately, I’ve been pondering the direction of the progressive Churches of Christ. Where are we going to be in 20 or 30 years? More importantly, where do we want to be in 20 or 30 years? Now, many congregational leaders … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Introduction

Oops. This got posted prematurely. I’m not sure how, but gremlins have been known to haunt the Internet. What a few of you saw was a draft. The real thing is coming in a few weeks. But it’s still in … Continue reading

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Church Growth: Evangelism, Part 2

Interestingly, this month’s Christian Chronicle also contains an interview with Scott Thumma, the church growth researcher who is a co-author of Megachurch Myths. The article does not appear online, but is on page 25 of the January 2008 print edition. … Continue reading

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Church Growth: Evangelism, Part 1

As we said in the preceding post, the Christian Chronicle has listed three key strategies for church growth: adaptability, moderation, and evangelism. We discussed adaptability and moderation in the last two posts. This post is about evangelism. I’m thankful that … Continue reading

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Church Growth: Moderation

As we said in the preceding post, the Christian Chronicle has listed three key strategies for church growth: adaptability, moderation, and evangelism. We discussed adaptability in the previous post. This post is about moderation. And just to be clear: I … Continue reading

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Church Growth: Adaptability

As we said in the preceding post, the Christian Chronicle has listed three key strategies for church growth: adaptability, moderation, and evangelism. By “adaptability” they mean if your congregation doesn’t reflect your community, either change to reflect your community or … Continue reading

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Church Growth: The Christian Chronicle’s Conclusion

This month’s Christian Chronicle completes a series of articles on church growth in the Churches of Christ. It’s an excellent compendium of both what’s right and what’s wrong in how we do church. But you have to read between the … Continue reading

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