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By Paul Nixon

There is no finish to clichés and simple assumptions approximately congregational overall healthiness and energy. it truly is a lot more uncomplicated to begin a brand new church than flip round an outdated one; nondenominational church buildings are turning out to be, whereas denominational church buildings are death; small-membership church buildings are involved in basic terms with survival; suburban church buildings care in simple terms approximately never-ending programming and "spiritual entertainment"; downtown church buildings are doomed to decay.

Whatever kernel of fact such analyses may perhaps comprise, they omit the particular element. church buildings stagnate, decline, and die for a couple of purposes, yet mostly simply because they've got forgotten who they're. they've got forgotten their project to arrive out to people who have no idea God in Christ. they've got forgotten that we worship--not to believe cozy and safe--but to return into the presence of a God who leads us out into the area. they've got forgotten the "cloud of witnesses" who've long gone earlier than us within the Christian religion, supplying types for a way we will proclaim the message of the gospel in ways in which new generations can pay attention it.

Paul Nixon calls this failure of reminiscence "spiritual amnesia." fascinated with institutional survival and private convenience, congregations have forgotten what earlier generations of Christians have realized repeatedly: that the church's nice problem is to make the gospel to be had in new and compelling how you can those that want so much to listen to it. In a chain of sweeping insights into congregational existence and modern tradition, Nixon maps a path that may aid church buildings take note who they're and for whom they exist.

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