That’s the headline from the Christian Post that popped up in my Facebook feed recently. This article was quoting a study of North American, denominational, Protestant churches. The study compared growing and declining churches and concluded that “Theology Matters.”
One pastor interviewed about the study* stated that
“I think the wisdom of that study is the two parts. There does need to be a modern sense of an expression of the faith while at the same time a conservative, Orthodox view of Christianity,”.
What is an Orthodox view of Christianity?
- Over 93% of those leading growing churches believe in the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus. Compared to only 56% of those in the study leading declining churches.
- 100% of those leading growing churches believe God does miracles in response to prayer where only 44% of those in the study leading declining churches.
Here’s a crazy side note: 80% of the congregants surveyed from declining churches believe God answers prayers with miracles so maybe they just need better leaders. It seems to me that as a person who believes in the literal resurrection and that God still does miracles when we pray, if my pastor didn’t, I would leave that church. Maybe that’s why they are declining…hmmm.
This study teaches us three things if we want our church to grow.
1. Modern Matters. People prefer modern style worship services.
2. Theology Matters. People want churches to believe in literal interpretation of the Bible.
3. Evangelism Matters. Growing churches evangelize.
Every church leader surveyed from growing churches believed that it was ‘very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians.’ Only half of those in declining churches felt the same way. If you don’t believe the Great Commission to go and make disciples is ‘very important’ then you’ll probably be leading a declining church.
For more on personal evangelism see Your Story Matters.
If you lead a church where your theology is sound but you still find yourself stagnant of declining. I can help. A great first step would be to Come to the Maximizing Easter seminar.
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PS: You’re not a church leader? Send this blog to your pastor! I want to help your church and your pastor.
*Read the whole study at http://www.christianpost.com/news/fastest-growing-churches-have-modern-worship-teach-literal-interpretation-of-the-bible-study-171607