My friend, Bob Harrington, recommended this book to me. The American Church In Crisis by David Olson is a very important read.
Here are some of Olson’s conclusions:
*77% of Americans do not have a consistent, life-giving connection with a local church.
*Large churches are the 2nd leading growth factor in the American church (new church plants are the leading growth factor).
*The higher the percentage of females in the membership of a church, the faster the church is likely to decline in attendance.
*For the American church to keep up with population growth, 2,900 additional new churches need to be started each year.
*The best way for pastors to leave a spiritual legacy that will last for generations is for their present church to plant new churches.
If you have any interest in the state of the church . . . I strongly recommend this one!
great post Greg. check out http://www.madchurchdisease.com, its a great site and a great book coming in 2009 by Anne Jackson, through Zondervan. Anne works with livechurch.tv another great site. One church.