If congregations are serious about wanting to reach out to others, they might want to explore the power of the "reset." The methods of welcome in a congregation can be perfunctory, habitual, and lacking energy.
In the United States we have increasingly associated Christianity with capitalism and the consequences affect both corporations and churches. It's a comfortable relationship and seemingly natural since so much of our history is built on those two forces. But it's also scary.
While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.
Let's make sure we are serving the right master, not a world system that gives us easy money and then makes us servants who then have to ask permission to do the things we have already been told to do by our true Master.
Rather than mutually respecting and affirming the one and only thing all religions share in common, religious leaders become preoccupied with what distinguishes them in terms of their beliefs, doctrines, viewpoints and so on
When I was a kid I knew The World was going to Hell in a hand basket. I didn't know what that phrase meant, still don't really, but I knew that it was one of the only times I could get away with saying hell.
It used to be that religions proselytized with promises about the hereafter. If there was a present-day benefit to be gained, it was generally something like not being tortured or put to death. But all that has changed.