Apr
4
2016

This Week in Ministry: Egg Drops, Chinese Churches, and Church Decline

In our most recent edition of This Week in Ministry, Todd and I take a look at stories from the most recent Ministry Briefing that caught our eye. This week: controlling the crowds at egg drops, what is going on in Chinese churches, and just how unique is our current season of churches in decline? Take a listen:

Show Notes

  • Is The Church Declining? It Depends How Far You Look Back
    Comparing American church attendance trends to the 1960’s is very different from comparisons with the American Colonial period where fewer than 20% of Americans attended church. Even as far back as 734, church leader Venerable Bede lamented how many people failed to show up at a church on a given Sunday. As it turns out, the unchurched and the half-churched are not new trends, and attendance can be cyclical throughout history.
    Source: Religion Dispatches
  • Churches Attempt to Control Crowds for Easter Egg Drops
    Next Level Church in New Hampshire is one of two churches in the Live Free or Die state that offered Easter Egg drops on Easter Sunday for those who attended services. Limiting the event to those who attend only was a measure aimed at keeping crowds under control. On the other hand, the leaders of LifePoint Church in Plano had plans to drop Easter eggs from a helicopter for local families, but after a local news station covered the event, over 10,000 people showed up and the church had to cancel the drop.
    Sources: Union Leader The Scoop
  • Is The Church Declining? It Depends How Far You Look Back
    Comparing American church attendance trends to the 1960’s is very different from comparisons with the American Colonial period where fewer than 20% of Americans attended church. Even as far back as 734, church leader Venerable Bede lamented how many people failed to show up at a church on a given Sunday. As it turns out, the unchurched and the half-churched are not new trends, and attendance can be cyclical throughout history.
    Source: Religion Dispatches
  • Chinese Government Can’t Beat Christianity and Develops New Plan
    The Communist Party in China knows that there are thousands if not millions of Christians in China. Many churches are underground, allegedly subverting the control of the government. Officials have adopted a new strategy: creating a Chinese Christian Theology that puts the government first and the Kingdom of God second, appointing their own ministers and encouraging obedience to the Chinese state.
    Source: BBC

 

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.