Encouragement for Churches

There’s a lot to feel down about for believers and congregations. We hear statistics about fewer people identifying as Christians and the rise of the nones–those who don’t identify with any religion or faith.

The nones can be explained as basic honesty. Formerly, it was advantageous to profess Christianity and be a part of a local church. You could make business contacts. Or, if a person wanted to run for political office or get a job, having a church affiliation could be beneficial. That’s usually not the case now.

Fewer people attend church today. But those who are present are more likely to have a genuine relationship with the Lord and to be committed to growing in the faith.

Many small and medium sized congregations previously have felt insignificant when compared with mega-churches. Yet statistical data suggests that millennials, those born from 1980 to 2000, prefer smaller congregations. While a good number of them have migrated to larger congregations, these churches have adapted by having multi-site campuses, creating smaller units. So if your congregation is smaller, you may have an attraction and appeal to younger adults.

As a Southern Baptist pastor, I remember the day when there were certain expectations placed upon me in terms of how I should do church. That’s no longer the case. Denominations and their influence have declined. If you’re a church leader you have more freedom to adapt your ministry to reach your community.

As a church consultant, I can give you input into how you may do this and reach people for salvation and discipleship.

Ashton C. “AC” Smith

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