Only church plants will survive?

Another church interior
Another church interior (Photo credit: Giorgos~)

Chris Morton has written a rather provocative piece suggesting that only Church Plants (or rather, missional minded congregations) will survive the next decade. He writes,

Many established Churches are fighting to maintain their definition of orthodoxy, enforce their traditions and finance structures and staff. The number of people who understand or care about those things are burning out or dying of old age.

It’s only a matter of time before Church plants are all that is left.

I would like to suggest that this is simply not the case. There are plenty of the old stodgy congregations drawing people, such as Capitol Hill Baptist Church. It provides a high church, liturgical atmosphere. And it is growing. Granted, they are Baptist and looks to be in the same vein as the other neo-Calvinists; however, he is providing something that is growing the congregation in a time when we are told that what he provides should be killing the congregation.

Whew.

Anyway, let’s not jump on the bandwagon about the end of the established church. And let’s not shuck orthodoxy because only old people like it. Orthodoxy matters. This is what drives us to do what we do.

But, both articles are interesting enough…

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3 Replies to “Only church plants will survive?”

  1. Not too far from where I live, there are two all but abandoned churches. Like me, both of their pastors are past retirement age. The Lutheran church, originally built in a thriving residential neighborhood is now surrounded by manufacturing and a rail yard. The Episcopal exists in a former farming community. The churches of both door are open on Sundays only because there are cemeteries on the properties.

    Even in a land of religious freedom, churches only survive so long as they meet the needs of people. For an example of what happens when churches no longer meet the needs of people, follow the link below.

    http://www.weather.com/travel/creepy-abandoned-churches-20130430

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