Empty Talk = Empty Pews

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Half of all churches in the United States of America have not added any new members in the last two years.  Major statistics gathered from interviews of 42,855 people in 2014 show that 47% of adults who do not attend church would be open to being invited to church by a friend.  What a paradox.  Churches are declining in attendance while unchurched people are willing to be approached about coming to church with a friend.

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Nearly 50% of Americans have no church home.  Every year more than 4,000 churches close their doors.  Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity.  The United States now ranks third following China and India in the number of people who are not professing Christians.  Half of all churches in the United States of America have not added any new members in the last two years.  Major statistics gathered from interviews of 42,855 people in 2014 show that 47% of adults who do not attend church would be open to being invited to church by a friend.  What a paradox.  Churches are declining in attendance while unchurched people are willing to be approached about coming to church with a friend.

Church Consultant Chuck Lawless has written an interesting article called “Why Churches Talk the Great Commission but Don’t Do It” which needs to be considered seriously by the Church.  In his article he lists a number of reasons the Great Commission is not being executed.  His reasons give flesh to the common perspective among most evangelical churches that the Great Commission is actually the Great Come – Mission rather than the Great Go – Mission.  As a result the churches largely are guilty of the Great Omission.

Yes, we believe that God has given us a Commission and that it is Great.  One pastor was honest in his response to Church Lawless when he said, “Our church really doesn’t want to do the Great Commission.”   The obvious result takes place.  Empty Talk = Empty Pews.

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