Category Archives: Church Hoppers

Sovereign Ecclesiastical Consumers

“A growing number of evangelicals are unwilling to commit themselves to any particular congregation. Operating as sovereign ecclesiastical consumers, they hop from church to church looking for the best spiritual deal in town.” “If evangelicals still value their heritage, they … Continue reading

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When people leave a Church

There is nothing unusual about people leaving churches. Larger Churches might not feel the effects of losing people as much as smaller ones — but all Churches face the issue. Continue reading

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Warning to Church hoppers and pastors

Well-churched areas make fertile soil for the proverbial church-hopper. I know this because I’ve been a pastor in such an area for more than 29 years! Lancaster, Pennsylvania is an unusually churched community. This comes with blessings and challenges. The … Continue reading

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Seven false brands of Christianity

Here’s a great list for helping Church members evaluate the ways they approach Christianity and the life of the Church: 1. Formalism. “I participate in the regular meetings and ministries of the church, so I feel like my life is … Continue reading

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Hope for the world: Renewed Commitment to the visible Church:

The great need of the hour is for the Church to be all God intends for her to be. One of the primary obstacles to this is the pervasive low view of the Church among professing believers in Christ. Continue reading

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