The Hot ‘New’ Church Growth Method:
"A new study just unearthed a remarkable finding: conservative doctrine grows churches.
This isn’t necessarily what we’ve heard in recent years. Whether it’s the music, the attractive facility, or the feeling of community, we need something to keep the church growing—something besides biblical teaching. How surprising, then, that David Millard Haskell, Kevin N. Flatt, and Stephanie Burgoyne have found that doctrine grows churches. In their peer-reviewed scholarly article for the Review of Religious Research, a prestigious journal, the trio present findings among mainstream Canadian churches showing that—contra the stereotypes—doctrinally conservative churches that reach out aggressively often grow. Churches that soften biblical teachings and de-emphasize evangelism often shrink."
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GJ - The only issue is being faithful to the Word, which will bring about God's will. That can be quite tumultuous for the individual, congregation, or country.
The Reformation was a time of great violence because the Church of Rome used every possible scheme to extinguish the Gospel, but that era was also a time of great growth in faith, in appreciation of God's Word, and in the abundance of the fruits of the Spirit.
|This is the issue - not any other.|