April 10th, 2012

how long

My two cents in the offering plate

In a recent Facebook post, a friend noted that 51% of congregations in the Indiana Annual Conference did not have a single new member join on profession of faith last year. I replied that not all of those churches that failed in this important area were small churches, either. In response, several folks posted weaselly things about "saving souls" vs. "joining the institution" and other such claptrap. Hey, I've pastored tiny churches and even a few medium-sized ones, and in all my appointments I can count on one hand the number of years we didn't have at least one profession of faith. "It's what the job's about," as they say.Collapse )