James Nored shares some really good insights on why he believes the Churches of Christ are in decline. He has over 11,000 view on this post in the last week so he is striking a nerve here. Take some time to go and read what he wrote there. It looks like he has more posts coming on this topic so tune in and check by later. The premise of his first post is that we value our Restoration roots so deeply that we haven’t really made the turn to stay culturally relevant. He says we are a left brained (linear, logical, modern) church in a left brained (more artsy, intuitive, less concrete) world. I think he makes some valid points there. That is one aspect of a larger and more complication issue. On the other hand, I wonder if we evaluate it all so much that the issue becomes more complicated than it really is. I am pretty sure James would say one of our problems, though, is the other extreme where local congregations haven’t always assessed their culture and figured out how to communicate the Gospel to them.
What is more he does something that few people who are offering critique do, he gives suggestions on how churches can address this and adapt. I really appreciate that. I think he has hit one aspect of the issue here really well and has more posts on the way. I have my own opinions as to why this is happening but I am not out to steal his thunder on this so I will leave it alone for now. This post is not here to generate a big discussion and take any focus off what he is saying…this post is more of a signpost pointing you over to James’ website as he often has many good and insightful thoughts to share as well as practical solutions. I would encourage you to subscribe to his site if those are things that interest you.