Five Reasons Why Denial in Churches Is So Common

Episode #279
December 8, 2022
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In a recent consultation with a church, Thom encountered such entrenched denial that it was not possible for the church to move forward. Why is denial so common and so deadly in many churches today? Mark and Thom examine five reasons.

1. Denial is the most common way to deal with painful realities.

2. Many churches are still searching for the silver bullet.

3. Many churches are convinced that a return to methodologies of the past is the answer.

4. Many churches actually do not think they are declining when they are.

5. Denial is a way to “kick the can.”




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