Is Our Denomination Dying?

Episode #045
June 14, 2018
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Recorded at the LifeWay breakfast during this week’s SBC Annual Meeting, this special episode of Revitalize & Replant examines the Southern Baptist Convention and its future, what it needs to change, and how the emphasis for health rests on the local church.

Episode Highlights:

  • In too many churches, we’ve become disunified and distracted because we’ve lost our focus on the Great Commission.
  • A denominational problem is ultimately a collection of local church problems.
  • 15 years ago, growth in our churches was easier. Today, the decline of cultural Christianity has made it much more difficult.
  • Church outreach needs to be effective and ongoing.

The six issues relevant to the health of the SBC that we discuss are:

  1. A perspective from 14 years ago
  2. The disunified and distracted church
  3. The disunified and distracted denomination
  4. The local church issue: the slow death of evangelism and outward focus
  5. The challenges of ministry training and theological education
  6. A future unknown

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