These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I’m invited to preach have these things in common… –Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. –On the platform you find all kinds of musical instruments. –Huge screens are mounted on the front walls, where the words of songs and scripture are projected. –Many people in the congregation read Scripture from their phones. –Worship leaders are often wearing jeans and sneakers. –In the announcements, you hear of mission trips to foreign countries, regardless of the size of the church. –Fewer and fewer hymns are being sung, and when the old ones are brought out, they’re given new treatments. Mostly, though, what’s being sung in worship was written in the past 10 or 12 years. –Churches announce on their outside signs “blended”…
Why We Will Never Be a Welcoming Church Again
"We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up."
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Bethel Baptist Church
Each Member by becoming a Member or continuing to be a Member assents to the following agreement among the Members. This agreement shall be known as the Covenant … We believe the Holy Spirit led each of us personally1 to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, 2 and we have declared our faith by word3 and baptism. 4 Because of this, we willingly enter into a covenant with all the members of Bethel Baptist Church, as one body in Christ. 5 We walk together in love6 without regard to national origin, gender, income, or social standing, 7 working together to serve our church with the power of the Holy Spirit. 8 We support one another through regular attendance and we support the pastor(s) who lead our church, increasing their joy as…
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