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13 Ways to REVIVE the Dying American Church

I am a quiet little man from a quiet little town you’ve never heard of.

I have absolutely nothing in common with Brad Pitt, Steve Jobs, or any of the other worshiped men of our time. I’ve never been the champion of an impressive sporting event or held any position of prominence that would impress you (although my turn as Winnie the Pooh in the sixth grade play did generate a lot of… buzz).

There’s no reason why revival in the Church would start with someone like me.

Truthfully, there’s no reason why you should care what I have to say at all—and for most of my life—nobody did. Then I wrote some words about millennials in the church that exploded.

As I continue to reel from all the doors that have opened since hitting the publish button, I have realized something about what I wrote that day has touched a very real fear in many of us Christians: a fear that we’ve lost the plot of this story we call church.

There’s no denying this reality: something about the way we’re doing church is turning people away in record numbers.

  • Between 2007 and 2014, there was a 3.7% decline in weekly church attendance. Meanwhile, the U.S. population increased by over 16 million during that same time frame. -Pew Research Center
  • 59% of Millennials who grew up in a church have dropped out. – Barna Group
  • Almost half of all American adults (48%) are post-Christian (believed in the tenants of Christianity at one time but no longer do). -Barna Group

What I didn’t write in the millennials post is that I’ve spent the last six years giving my life to a local church, even buying a house closer to the building to shorten my drive on the 4 and 5 days a week I was spending volunteering in kids ministry, middle and high school youth groups, playing on worship teams (in addition to leading a young adults group in my living room, writing a blog and launching a suicide prevention ministry).

I don’t advertise the work I’ve done for the kingdom because frankly, it’s none of your business. My writing isn’t about the approval of man, it’s about glorifying God. And as it turns out, God has a lot to say to people who are willing to shut up and listen. (yes, even to social-media-addicted millennials like me).

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29:13

As I sit reading my bible (most) mornings, I keep hearing a whisper through the silence that I don’t know what to do with. As I ask God to show me what we’re missing about church he keeps giving me one simple word: unity.

The truth is I think too many of us have forgotten what the Church is and what the Church isn’t.

The Church is not a building.
The Church is not a congregation.
The Church is not a dynamic preacher or hipster worship leader.
The Church is not a silo in one small part of the earth.

The Church is a global, connected network of broken people trying to tell people to follow this incredible man named Jesus.
The Church is actually ALL the people of God, all believers from all different backgrounds.
The Church IS us—all of us—together working as one body.

Somewhere along the way, we got distracted by the desire for big buildings, cool light shows, and impressive websites and forgot the wise words of the great prophet Zac Efron: we’re all in this together.

The new testament is littered with a constant call to unity in the church.

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” —1 Corinthians 1:10

And this:

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. -Ephesians 4:25

And this, and this, and this:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. -Philippians 2:1-2

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. -Romans 12:16

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8

We can look at the statistics and respond with fear, name-calling, and attack or we can see it for what it truly is: an opportunity for revival. A chance to reshape what this world thinks of Christians and our Church.

So here are 13 ways this tiny-waisted, suburban white boy thinks we can revive the dying American church and be a little more like the Church the apostle Paul called us to be.

1.) Fewer Denominations.

Uh oh, powerful church leaders aren’t going to like this one. Am I really the only one who thinks that the estimated 217 different denominations in America might be a little over-the-top?

What would happen if we… *gasp* …consolidated? (Cue Horror Movie Music)
What would it look like for the American Church to come together as one body of Christ? 
What would happen if we stopped being so hyper-focused on our differences and instead all answered the Great Commission together:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. —Matthew 28:19-20

What if Christians took a vow to focus our collective energy on what really matters: making disciples?
What if we all put down the picket signs and political battles and started loving one another the way Christ taught us to love?

*cough* revival *cough*

Oh my gosh, did someone just say revival?

Revival will come when we find ways to unite as one body of Christ.



Zero back-biting or profane talk. Zero in-fighting. For the love of anchovies STOP THE CHRISTIAN CIVIL WAR.

Constructive (probably in-person) discussions on ideas, theology, and truth – yes, yes, yes.
Screaming, all-caps rants and crazy Facebook posts – no, no, no.

“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” —Ephesians 4:29, 31-32

There are countless examples in the bible of how we should speak to one another and none of them start THOU SHALT SCREAM HATE. What if Paul, the author of more books in the bible than any other man, were coming to visit the American Church? What would he say to us?

I imagine it would go something like this:

“For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. “ —2 Corinthians 12:20

What? Quarreling…Slander…Disorder…? Who us? (Quick, hide all the crazies in the closet).

The bible is pretty clear on how we should love one another. All of the fighting, power struggles and politics of church is one of the single greatest factors keeping people away.

Revival will come when we look and sound more like the church Paul dreamed we could be.

3.) More Inter-Church Collaboration

Alright kid, pull your head out of the clouds and get practical. Give us tangible things we can do today! Ay, ay captain.

  • What if we start our march towards unity through simple collaboration?
  • What would it look like for all churches in a regional area to come together and support each other in deeper and more meaningful ways?
  • What if a weekly email went out asking other churches what they need or how our church could pray for them?
  • What if people in our community saw all of the churches working together to feed the poor and meet the needs of those around us?

What if all the hard work we do stops being about the glory of our single church building and instead, forces to people to give the glory to God alone.

Rather than “look what that church is doing” there is no other explanation except “look what God is doing.”

Revival will come when we learn to leave what divides us at the door and become intently focused on building a greater, more-connected Church community.

4.) More Guest Preaching

I always find a guest preacher to be a breath of fresh air. Whenever they start speaking, I jolt awake in a different way. Not because I don’t love our incredible pastors, but because it breaks me out of the routine.

I also think Pastors with different denominational backgrounds have different depths and expertise that should be welcomed. The Catholic Priest on the Non-Denominational Stage? You bet. The Baptist Minister just chillin’ with the coffee-breathing Lutherans? Heck yes!

One easy way to build bonds with other churches is to invite guest preachers or do a Sunday preaching exchange. I know this happens in a lot of areas, but what would it mean to go even further?

And so the preacher says something you don’t totally agree with. Beautiful! Meet in the Fellowship Hall after the service for some healthy discussion and bacon. Mmmm, bacon.

Revival will come when we loosen our death-grip on identifying ourselves first by denomination rather than as a follower of Jesus.

5.) Inter-Church City-Wide Service Days


What if we picked a day and all churches came together to serve the community? How many needs could we meet and what message would that send to see hundreds of Christians out on the same day?

I’m thinking we call it something like Love Your Neighbor Day and then we actually live out the parts of the bible that calls us to serve the least of these. That’d be pretty neat right there.

That same study that cited 48% are “post-Christian” asked them why they left. There were 3 main answers:

35% cite the church’s irrelevance, hypocrisy, and the moral failures of its leaders as reasons to check out of church altogether.

I don’t think the Church is actually as hypocritical as the media portrays. I do think Christians (myself included) could do a better job of showing rather than telling about our faith to the masses.

The world listened to Mother Theresa because she focused on action and love long before speech. Mother Theresa was one of the world’s most respected women because she lived out James 2:14-16

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? -James 2:14-16 (MSG)

What better way to bring unity than to serve alongside all our brothers and sisters in Christ?

Revival will come when the Church as a whole consistently lives out their faith within the community together.

6.) All-City Worship & Prayer Nights

I get that we all have different worship styles and preferences. I know some ya’ll are still in love the organ while others deploy worship strobe lights like a toddler with a garden hose filled with glitter. Yet here’s another perfect opportunity for unity.
Instead of focusing on what can we do to get more people in the door, what if we focused on asking God how we can impact and unite this city?

I think when you start with a question like that you’re more likely to hear the greater melody of Christianity echoing through the hills all around us. (Unless you live somewhere like Oklahoma with no hills… then you’re going to just have to use your imagination).

  • What could God do if a whole city came together to read scripture and worship him as they did in Ezra and Nehemiah?
  • What would it do for our hearts and our souls to see a room full God’s Children kneeling before him in praise?
  • What big and awesome prayers might explode out of a gathering like that?

And what a great entry point for someone who’s wandered away from the church. No pressure, just come be with us before God.

Revival will come when we think more like the city of Jerusalem did in the book of Nehemiah—publicly recognizing and acknowledging our sins and short-comings AND constantly coming back together as a city to praise and worship our incredible Father.

7.) Less Church Plants

Okay, I expect you to scream at me on this one and I may very well deserve it. First of all, if God is calling you to plant a church, for goodness sakes plant a church.

The statistic I heard plenty of times when I was around a few different church plants was that 1/3 don’t make it past their 2nd year. (Truthfully, I just spent the better part of an hour trying to find any research to back that up with zero success).

IF that is true, (a big if) I have to wonder if that time, energy, resources, and dedication to spreading the gospel could have been better spent uniting the American Church rather than plucking off members from another church.

I wonder if all the hours spent creating mission statement, logo, and loading in and out every Sunday could have been spent at a coffee shop investing in other believers. In addition, many of the church plants I’ve seen rely heavily on a divisive rhetoric, “we’re not like other churches you’ve been to.”

Perhaps the over 300,000 churches in America are enough for now. Again, that whole thing is going to be between you and God.

(And now that’ I’ve written this, watch God call me to plant a church some day…)

Revival will come when we focus more on building the communities we have rather creating even more somewhat poorly attended gatherings.

8.) More Informal Worship Gatherings

I think it’s time we stop relying on a physical church building and bring worship back out into the communities where we live. I think worship isn’t just something we do on Sundays, it’s a way of life.

I’ve found low-key worship nights with friends to be some of the most joyful night’s of my entire existence. You can let down the pursuit of performance perfection and just worship. Maybe we even hold it in a local park or amphitheater?

Let’s do more of that (and invite our neighbors).

Revival will happen when we start to see worship not as an hour in a church building but as a way of life.

9.) Change the function of the Church Building

One of my favorite people in the world asked me this question one Sunday morning between sets on worship team, “The church has a reformation about every 500, which is the time frame we’re living in now, what do you think the church is going to look like in the future?”

After pausing for a few seconds, I shared this dream I didn’t even know was within me:

I think the main function of a church building will become serving the poor. We will build multi-million dollar homeless shelters that save peoples lives and also double as a house of worship on Sundays. We’ll hold our bible studies on Wednesdays with the least of these that the building is serving.

The truth is most of our buildings are more like an office building most hours of the week and that to me seems like wasted resources. God has already given the American Church INSANE amounts of wealth and I think we could all be better stewards of God’s money.

Revival will come when we start to get creative about how we use the buildings and resources we already have to serve the world around us.

10.) Hold Bible Studies in Public Spaces

We have to find easier entry points for people to join a faith community. Most outsiders are much more comfortable going to their local breakfast restaurant or bar then walking into a church building.

In addition, by sending your study of the bible out into the public, we’re forced to form relationships with business owners, waitstaff, and others who frequent those spaces.

Instead of studying God’s word in our protective Christian bubble, what we we study it out in the real world for anyone to see and join?

Revival will come when we stop relying on the church to be our only location for getting to know God and instead view ourselves as the Church bringing the gospel out to the people where it belongs.

11.) Pay Your Church Staff Better

Wait, wait, wait, Sam, didn’t you just say we need to be BETTER steward’s of God’s money?

Sure did and I think that starts with paying church staff the salary they deserve and investing in their lives financially. Working in a church should be a prestigious occupation in our culture. If someone is willing to dedicate their life to the church they should be compensated accordingly—not working two and three jobs on the side to make ends meet.

If you actually have competitive salaries you’ll have less stress and worry among your staff members freeing them to do ministry better. In addition, you’ll attract an even more passionate, competitive work force in the long run.

Revival will come when we bring prestige and financial security back to working in a church.

12.) Teach people to read the Bible Every Single Day

This should have been number one… but I was really on role with that whole unity thing ya know.

I shared a lot about my bible reading journey in my post 6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Reading Your Bible (hint: read the article before you judge its title).

I think most of us are just lazy when it comes to reading the word of God. That certainly used to be me. I think if all Christians committed to intently studying and submitting to the word of God, there’s no way a revival couldn’t happen. I don’t think you can read this book every morning and not be exploding with a passion to change the world.

It’s time we get back to the heart of what the early church was about—prayer, studying scripture, and making disciples.

[For bible reading tips, check out my post 10 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Bible].

Revival will happen when God’s people commit to truly knowing the scriptures and living their life by its teachings.

13.) Fight the Injustices in Our World Together

Christians should be on the front lines giving a voice to the voiceless. We should be changing the world with our love for the starving, broken, neglected, in prisoned, and lost people that are everywhere around us.

We can’t sit in our comfortable suburban churches with our non-fat, extra-foam lattes and pretend the world is fine anymore. It’s not.

This is not about politics our who you voted for. This is not about policy or executive orders. This is about loving people.

“Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christian should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Revival will come when we come together to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Here’s the bottom line people:

The church is dying. We’ve seen this over and over in the bible, the ebb and flow, the exodus and the return.

Let’s not live in this Church exodus for another second. Let’s take back the perception of the church as irrelevant, hypocritical and morally corrupt and come together with one purpose and one body.

What is one action step you can take right now to bring unity in your community?

  • It’s going to take hard work and vulnerability to admit we’ve been losing ground.
  • It’s gonna take people who’ve left the church to come back and give it another chance.
  • It’s gonna take millennials stepping up and stepping forward to be a voice of their generation.
  • It’s gonna take prayer and serious study of the bible.
  • It’s gonna heart and passion and perseverance.
  • It’s gonna take trust that God can and will bring his church back to life.


  • In a world that can’t stop screaming, we can quietly love.
  • In a world that can’t stop fighting, we can gently share truth.
  • In a world living in a fear, we can share the strength and hope of Jesus.
  • In a world lost in the darkness, we can show them the Light of the World.

Yes, I am a quiet little man from a quiet little town and there’s no reason why a revival in the church should start with me.

But revival has to start somewhere.

  • Someone has be brave enough to stand up and say we can’t keep doing church like this anymore.
  • Someone has to say enough with the quarreling, the slander and the complacency.
  • Someone has to go chasing after the sheep who’ve wandered away.
  • Someone has to say enough with the competition and the siloed, self-centered view of church.
  • Someone has to stand up for the those cannot stand for themselves.
  • Someone has to say enough. Enough.

So let’s do this people. You and me together.
Let’s bring the American Church back to life.
Let’s be open to change and fresh ideas.

Let this revival start right now with us. Are you in?

What other ways can we revive the church? Leave your thoughts and comments below!

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  1. Wow Sam!

    You’ve given me alot to pray about, glad to see you haven’t lost that fire.Keeping you in prayer please pray for me too. In Christ,

    • Thank you so much JM! I have loved reading all your comments on my posts this past week – it has really given me a boost of joy. Email me or add me on Facebook if you ever want to connect more! Thankful for you.

  2. Hey Sam

    Excellent questions – excellent post.

    Tradition has always been our biggest problem, as soon as God speaks we build a monument and camp there until everyone has forgotten why we were there in the first place.

    Religion is one of those traditions that snuck up on us during a time of trying to figure out what Jesus did and what God was doing with it; we have built an institution and now people are wondering what we were there for …again.

    Rival IS coming but not until we have rejected man’s way to find Him.

    Relationship and its singular meaning is His chosen way, Christ in you first then what He has for you to do the second…end of sentence. All the rest is ego and self-importance, unity comes naturally in the meek and content.

    Love your passion mate, it has you digging like crazy and that is how you find the nuggets.

    Keep going, my friend.

    Love your work.


    • Thanks Tony! I was honestly really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this post – so thank you for coming through!

      I completely agree that the revival is going to come through relationship – when we get back to focusing on God’s heart first over religion.

      Always a pleasure to connect with you Tony!

  3. This is so true, Sam But this can also be applicable to all churches around the world. We should really stop fighting and be one as what faith should do—unite us.

  4. Sam, I love how you make me smile and even laugh as I’m reading this while my heart is saying “yes” to every point you made.

    I kept thinking of Matthew 12:34, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” I so agree with your point about us needing to read the Bible daily and stop the hate that is all over the internet. If we read the Word of God, if we studied His Word every day – shouldn’t our hearts rather be overflowing with love and grace? I know I’m not perfect at this by any means; but I believe that my words should be bringing life to those around me rather than hurt them.

    I have to say, I admire your courage. You made so many important points here, all spoken with truth and grace. And I’m right there with you, praying for unity within the Church.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing, Sam! Very very well said!

  6. Sam, I love this post. But you really messed up by saying there are no hills in Oklahoma! You’ve obviously not spent enough time here. If you travel far enough away from Oklahoma City, you can find the Wichita Mountains in the Southwest, the Ouachita Mountains in the Southeast, and the Ozarks in the Northeast. We even have badlands culminating in Black Mesa in the northwest corner of our Panhandle. Our tiny country church in Woods County is surrounded by beautiful small red mesas. I’d love to have you come visit to expand your education in God’s awesome creation. ?

  7. I don’t know if you have ever read anything from Ed Stetzer (director of Lifeway Research), but I think his really in depth research would be good for you to check out. While the numbers for many churches are shrinking the levels of dedication are rising. That to me is a positive. Also a lot of research is showing that the only segment of the Church in America that is dying are churches in mainline denominations (I work at a mainline church) that are predominantly white. Churches that are ethnically diverse will be absolutely essential for the future of Christianity in America and will be the greatest asset to the culture in the coming years as the divide along racial and socio-economic lines seems (at least in the media) to be growing wider.

    I enjoy what I have read from you so far. It raises a lot of good questions. As a fellow millennial, and one who is serving in ministry, I am tired of being counted out and told that until I contribute (financially) then my opinion doesn’t carry as much weight.

  8. Dear Sam,

    I appreciate the fact that you are able to see the flaws of the modern church. Many are the same flaws for which I left the modern church when I was in high school and continued to be anti-organized religion for many years, believing, quite wrongly, that church was not necessary to live a Christian life. I came across your internet presence when I saw a friend’s post on Facebook, an article they shared about millennials and the church- written by you. The churches to which you are referring are modern churches, they’ve only been around since the Reformation. And even the Catholic church had only been around since the Great Schism, when West and East were divided. I quite agree that there are too many denominations, but they are a direct result of people wanting to rely on their own understanding, their own arrogance and vanity, to intentionally interpret the Gospel and strip the Church of her traditions for their own cultural, moral, and political biases. That’s how Christianity has become so splintered and it only degenerates more every day. The church we need is not an amalgamation of all these modern denominations, but the Orthodox Church, which has remained largely unchanged in 2,000 years. What is truly needed is a conversion. I am afraid, though, that it will not happen, as it will require great sacrifice on behalf of the people and that is not something that is culturally accepted even in the modern churches. Sam- Samuel?- millenials, of which I am one, don’t want to change, don’t want to sacrifice. It is not, contrary to what you wrote in your article on FatihIt, the church’s move. God became incarnate on this Earth to change us and we crucified Him. So, no, I am afraid it is our move and has been since the Crucifixion. The point of church is for it to change us, to change our hearts. The point of life itself is to become perfected through God’s love by sacrifice and prayer and the practice of His teachings. I’ve been Protestant, I’ve been Catholic, I’ve been Non-Denominational and through each of those phases I have been thirsty and left in a desert. Then, together with my husband, I found Orthodoxy and an infinite oasis. Please, I encourage you, look into Orthodoxy, with an honest and humble heart. I am not a theologian or anything special, just an Orthodox layperson, but I felt that I needed to respond in earnest to your ideology. Please do not be offended when I say that I feel you wandered off the church path and have been misled into treacherous waters. A united American church could easily become a Universal Church, controlled by a united, new world order that will strip it of any Christian Truth and would steal the salvation of millions. Please at least watch this video, featuring Abbot Tryphon, an Orthodox Monk whom I frequently listen to via Ancient Faith Radio.


    In Christ,

  9. Wowzers. Exciting times we’re in! Answered prayer for sure…What a privilege to be the one getting BBQ’d at the stake for being obedient to God. Praising Him for giving you the courage and excited to see what He’ll be doing and is already doing in His churches through your writing and through people just like you 🙂

  10. I felt the same way you did about church growing up. Raised as a cradle catholic in the 60s and 70s, I felt like it was rammed down my throat, I still frankly struggle with the dogma, :). What attracts me and keeps me coming back is I have learned to hear the spiritual message. My life unraveled into addiction and as I hit my bottom, I was given another chance, another path.
    I don’t know any other way to explain it except as a God thing, not an organized religion thing, a pure spiritual thing. I went back to the imperfect church, because they are all imperfect and will always be so. In my situation I had to change in order to hear the message that had always been there. I don’t let myself get distracted with the human elements..

  11. Great article! These are all things I would love to see happen. However, these activities, changes, and habits are not what would incite a revival, but are side effects of a church truly following after Jesus. Following Jesus, sharing the Gospel, giving sacrificially, caring for the widow and orphan, and cherishing Christ above all else would spark a revival. Millenials and kids who see their elders totally sold out for Christ would start to take notice. We would notice people who are selling their belongings to care for others. People who are committed to frontier missions even if it costs them their life. People who are fostering and adopting kids and mentoring teen moms. People who would gladly give up an expanded church building or new AC unit for the church in the middle of summer if it meant sending that money to local or global missionaries. People who take in the homeless. People who give up what Francis Chan calls “the Christian version of the American dream” to recklessly pursue Christ and the spreading of the Gospel. People who look like the church in Acts. THAT is what wakes up a church and a nation. JESUS wakes us up. Only a radical, real, reckless love will allow us to faithfully pursue all of your points and more. Only radical, real, reckless pursuit of Christ will start a fire in our hearts.

    Lord, let it begin with me.

  12. I’m not a Christian (been there, done that) nor millennial, I am a father to my millennial kids. But I came across your millennials article on Facebook and appreciated your authenticity, you calling out irrelevance, and your interest in service. I loved your comment about how surrounding neighborhoods would feel about a service focus, and most of all, for listening.

    Henry, 17, was a beautiful, beautiful boy, a lifelong friend of my son. Smart, funny, kind, athletic. He killed himself yesterday morning. We don’t know why. He’s the 6th in our kids’ school in the past year or so. So I am deeply grateful for your heart for prevention work. I have zero interest in or affection for organized religion. But I would desperately like to better understand what’s happening as would so many others would also so we can help. I will read more of your writing looking for thoughts. Peace.

  13. I strongly believe there needs to be unity. I believe the unity needs to come in the local churches first. No more different services for example one for younger people and one for older people. Bring all groups into one service. I believe God will bring denominations together in his own way.

  14. Hi, Sam. Thanks for sharing these. Have you ever read Wayne Jacobsen’s book “Finding Church”? (See http://www.findingchurch.com/.) You might find some of his ideas interesting.

  15. Great Post and so true. If only it were easier. It took 6 months of negotiations for 3 churches in my area to agree on a shared post card for back to church Sunday last year. No kidding.

  16. Michelle Koskinen

    I think the church today lacks discipline. I myself lack discipline in my walk. I am continually wrestling with; “the way I feel…” I wonder how many other believers wrestle with this issue? My emotions are constantly getting in the way. Aren’t we supposed to live by faith, walk in the word? In doing so there will be days that I don’t feel like I’m growing, I don’t feel God’s presence or approval, I don’t feel like God loves me… I allow myself to get so caught up in “feeling” that it clouds my mind of what is required of me. I married into a huge Roman Catholic family and I have learned that their discipline drives them. The things that are required of them are the very things that drive them. If I could go back in time when my children were young and still in their formative years I would not have made reference to the “feeling” part of the scriptures. I really think we can get caught up in what we are feeling to a fault. We need to stand strong, no matter how we are feeling at the time. I was reading an article about the radical religious extremists who terrorize those who don’t share the same belief. As believers we need to stand strong no matter what methods they use to try to intimidate us. No matter what situation is put in our path, we don’t want to literally crumble with fear, throw up and fall down crying which is what I would do probably. We need to stand so strong in our faith now more than ever and be unaffected by their grotesque tactics. I have a great deal of fear of the days that lay ahead. Our young people need to be disciplined in Christ and not so easily affected and swayed by feelings. I think this plays a big roll in the falling away in our churches.

    • Wow, Michelle! Awesome truth here. I completely agree we need to be more disciplined in our walk, especially intimately knowing the word of God. We do need to stand strong and be the example to our young people of how to live that out. Bless you!