Two generations ago, the deal was pretty clear: church members went to Sunday worship.
Moving toward being a “multichannel church” is a journey of many steps, some of them slight variations, some of them radical departures.
We all have worn, unhelpful tapes winding through our thoughts, and church leaders do as well. One tape they need to stop playing is we-all-need-to-be-together-in-one-place.
If life did allow for do-overs and mainline congregations could start over, they probably wouldn’t build the facilities they have inherited.
It has taken little more than one generation for American Protestantism to lose control of Sunday morning.
Like many church leaders, I have been grappling with the steady decline of mainline Protestant churches over the past 45 years and trying to determine what we can do about it.
Many churchgoers are caught in a three-part dilemma:
A young adults minister recently presented a paper to her colleagues on how to understand and respond to Generation X, Generation Y, or, in her shorthand, “Generation XY.”
Measuring outcomes needn’t be any more difficult for a church than for, say, a corporation.
Forty young adults ventured to a pastor’s manse for Sunday brunch.
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