Now, do not misunderstand me. I am all for open and honest dialogue. One of the reasons why I blog and read blogs is because of the wonderful opportunity they provide for just that.
And wow, ever since the Christian Chronicle reported on the decline in Church of Christ membership based upon the stats of a national directory of the Churches of Christ, the blogs- including mine- have been buzzing.
Much of the buzz has been about the exclusion in this directory of Churches of Christ now using instrumental music in a worship assembly. Much has been written about the intent of the Chronicle in their reporting or the directory in their choosing to exclude these churches. Discussions about all of this have led to other discussions about many things Church of Christ. Some have used this dialogue to even bash the church.
But I am asking, did we miss the point?
The report of declining membership is still the real issue to me- and an urgent wake-up call.
Hey, how about let’s all commit to get busy trying to win as many as possible! Maybe then we can reverse this disturbing trend.
Here are some posts dealing with this topic: