Disciple up is a podcast designed to empower disciples of Jesus to follow Him closely and to become more like Him in every area of life.
Disciple Up # 222
Facing Our Failure (Thanks COVID!)
By Louie Marsh, 8-4-2021
Intro. I’ve been thinking about COVID’s impact on us in a different way lately. Then hearing that my dear friend Naomi’s Dad died of it yesterday and that she is down with COVID (please pray for her) shifted my thinking once again.
Setting the Stage:
COVID didn’t appear in a vacuum. It came at a time when the church in the United States and the entire Western World was in a huge and growing decline.
US Church Attendance Statistics
The US religious landscape continues to change at an accelerated pace. On the one hand, the number of devout Christians who belong to the older generations continues to decline. On the other hand, younger Americans tend to prioritize things other than religion. Thus, this trend is expected to persist further.
The Most Common COVID Impacts
Giving. Some churches I know of, including my own, have seen giving go up. I know of many others who’ve experienced a drop – some quite large. I know of very few whose giving has been untouched by this.
Attendance – down – WAY DOWN! People got used to not coming to church and either don’t at all or only very sporadically.
COVID has only accelerated a process that has been underway for decades. With or without COVID church in the West is shrinking and will continue to do so. COVID has exposed a problem that we already had but weren’t really aware of just how big it is.
This Means: The church in the West has failed to carry out our Lord’s command to go and make disciples.
Which means – I’m a failure too.
COVID should be forcing the church and those of us in the Ministry to face our failure – but I’m afraid it isn’t.
The Haunting of Failure (2015)
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