How My Mind Has Changed on the Centrality of the Congregation

Thursday, 07 Jun 2007

Ever since becoming a Christian in high school, the role of the local congregation has been important to me. I remember spending some (ok, many) hours the first summer I was a Christian in my church's library, compiling statistics about the growing membership of our church and tabulating that in comparison with our shrinking attendance. The accompanying pre-computer-era graphic I made from my research was simply a poster board with carefully drawn lines for membership and attendance, diverging markedly somewhere in the 1940s or 1950s. Though I did spend hours and hours on that poster, it had only ...

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