>Top Ten Signs of….

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The Top Ten Signs Of…
10.    There’s plenty of parking near the building for weekend services.  
9.      You can always get your favorite seat, or simply ask who is sitting in it to move.
8.      The music is always familiar, and never too loud.
7.      The pastor has been in everyone’s home, and knows everybody’s name.
6.      You are never asked for money.  
5.      Phrases like, “We’ve never done it that way before,” “I’m not being faithless, just realistic,” “Why pray?  God’s gonna do what God’s gonna do,” “If God wants His church to grow it will grow – we don’t have to do anything,” and “They really should do something about that” are common refrains.
4.      You can be confident that whatever change there is will be incremental, insignificant, and will only happen with your direct input and approval.
3.      There aren’t any of those left-leaning, evolution-believing, gay-marriage supporting, Harry Potter reading pagans daring to attend; just the pro-family, Christian-radio listening, fish-sticker wearing, big-Bible carrying types.
2.      The Bible is seldom taught in ways that are uncomfortable or challenging.
1.      It is always about you – getting fed, getting ministered to, with services evaluated by what you get out of it.
Yep, there you have it.  The top ten signs of
…a dying church.
James Emory White

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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