THIS is what Church should be!

On Sunday, I witnessed two separate moments that reminded me exactly why we still need the Church. It wasn't even my home church. Of course, that doesn't really matter. I strongly believe in the big "C" Church. The global Church that every Jesus follower belongs to. I love…

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The #1 Reason I Still Have Hope for the Church (and it’s #1 problem, too)

The #1 Reason I Still Have Hope for the Church (and it’s #1 problem, too)
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There’s a lot of talk about the church these days. Sadly, most of it is pretty bad. Our culture is changing faster than ever, and many people are having major doubts about whether or not a 2,000 year old institution can keep up. According to the Barna Group, nearly one-third of Millennials that grew up in the church have walked away at some point, church attendance has been declining for a decade, and the mantra of young Christians is quickly becoming, “I love Jesus, but not the Church.”

Photo by @dinsdale courtesy of freeimages.com
Photo by @dinsdale courtesy of freeimages.com

I get it. I really do. I have struggled with some of these very thoughts. The Church is broken and wounded. In some areas, it is on full-blown life support. The church is seen as uncaring, unloving, judgmental, and hypocritical. Not the best report card.

Yet, in spite of all of this, I have hope for the Church!

“The local church is the hope of the world!” -Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willowcreek Community Church

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