Every statistic tells us that the church in America today is becoming more and more marginalized and less and less influential. We don’t need another survey to tell us that fewer and fewer people feel the church can help them.
I strongly believe that our communities need the church. They need what the church has to offer. They need the assets and resources of the church. But most communities and most people in our communities do not feel the same way. They see the church as something to be tolerated but not really valued or crucial to the warp and woof of the community.
Why is this so? It hasn’t always been this way. There was a time when the church was the center of community life and activity. What has happened since then? What must the church do to reclaim its place of importance in the heart of its community? Even more so, what must the church become in order to be recognized as a valued asset to the community once again?
I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings.