The Church and the Message

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47

One of the least spoken axioms of evangelism is the following: the church remains and will always be the greatest tool of evangelism in our world.

As the church in Acts evidenced, there is a great power in unity and shared belief between people. A common faith in Jesus can bridge across all types of barriers, including race, politics, social injustice, or socioeconomics. In short, a group of many is always better for disseminating beliefs than an individual.

Our churches are under attack by demonic influences. Several false gospels and satanic ideologies are trying to penetrate the congregations in our communities in order to paralyze the evangelistic efforts in churches.

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Dear church: Don’t ruin the future of Christianity!

We could use more Davids!

One of the many issues facing mainline denominations is the rapidly decreasing base of ministers to carry on the work of the church. Recent studies, such as the one the Barna Group released, share evidences that are similar to this:

“A decade ago the median age of mainline Senior Pastors was 48; today it is 55. That represents a shockingly fast increase, representing a combination of too few young pastors entering the ranks and a large share of older pastors not retiring.” Link to the article here.

I am an anomaly in the church world. I officially began my career as a senior pastor at age 24. I just celebrated my 10th year in pastoral ministry. I think I can offer a few reasons why young people are not entering the ministry as generations before them:

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