I’m not sure how many of you frequent Facebook but I would guess that many of you do. One of the things that most often frustrates me about the postings there are the ones that sound something like…. “Ten reasons why youth are leaving your church”, or “Why everybody hates church music,” or “64 reasons American Churches are Dying.” I just don’t get it! First, what makes the people who write these things experts on the church in America, and how were they able to sample a sufficient number of churches to make such all-inclusive remarks? No one has ever visited our church to assess its health and I’ve never gotten a call asking me about how our youth or music ministry is going.
In truth, this feels more like an attempt to shape the narrative in our country in regard to the church. Surely we’ve learned by now that one of the ploys of those opposed to a thing is to simply begin reporting on it’s demise and before long people believe it’s dead and actual death soon follows. My personal experience today is that the truth is far from these reports.
I’ve got many pastor friends that are reporting great advancement of their churches. Here at Abundant Life we are experiencing growth and advancement across the board and we are expecting more and more. Walls that have kept people apart for generations are being torn down and in almost every area of ministry we are experiencing an abundance of life! You can feel that what historically has been called revival is coming to the river bend and young and old alike are drawing closer and closer to God. We’re coming off of one of our greatest financial years in the history of the church and we are touching not only our region but all over the world!
In short… Who’s report will you believe? Those who would report the church’s demise are simply not telling the truth or any semblance of the truth. God is growing his church and just as always… Nothing will prevail against it!