We need to go back to the 50s in one regard. Church planting. The 40s-60s were the pinnacle of Church of Christ church planting. It has decreased every decade sense. The current path is unsustainable.
This isn’t a complaint. It is an encouragement. We MUST normalize church planting. Congregations weren’t planted to last forever but the last few generations have lived with little concern for starting new churches.
There are exceptions. But what is mainstream is to not think about or plan new churches. That won’t work. We won’t be around in 100 years at the pace our movement (which has become a placement) is on. Again, not a criticism. Just an observation/reality.
Church planting must become mainstream. It must. We need to dream and plan and do. Just like they did in the 50s.
Let’s get back to the church planting enthusiasm of the 50s just with a healthier theology.