DO YOU STRUGGLE TO GO TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH WEEK AFTER WEEK?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! MANY ADVENTISTS, ESPECIALLY YOUNGER ONES, HAVE tHE SAME STRUGGLE.
But its not just young Adventists!
Older members struggle too! And parents. Even pastors!
How do I know this? Because of the tons of emails I get like these:
"Life for me in my local Adventist church is very frustrating, tiring, and (I'm sorry to admit) sometimes down right hurtful.... thank you for sharing the passion God has put on your heart! It's making a world of difference to me..." (Private email, 2019. Name withheld)
“I quit going to church in my early twenties because I didn’t feel that I belonged there. For one, all the teaching in Sabbath school growing up taught me that Jesus loves the good kids best… (Private email, 2019. Name withheld)
And statistics like this:
In 2013, the church held its first member retention summit. The results were sobering. The data revealed that from 1960 onwards 30 percent or 1 in 3 people were leaving the church after being baptized, in less than 3 years. The precise ratio was 43 people lost for every 100 new converts. - Adrian Zahid, The Compass Magazine
I wish this wasn't the case. But it is.
And the sooner we take responsibility for it, the sooner we can begin to craft a beautiful future for our church.
My name is Marcos. I am a fulltime pastor and a lifelong Adventist.
Throughout the years I have had the opportunity to talk to all kinds of people, read all kinds of emails and work in all kinds of settings within our church.
And the narrative is the same everywhere I go - our churches are dying.
But that doesn’t have to be your story!
Because it turns out that redesinging your church for mission doesn’t require a PhD. It’s simple and anyone can do it.
AtThe Story Church Project I want to show you just how easy it is.
Through this online ministry, my goal is to do more than just talk about why our churches are dying. I want to equip them to come alive!
With weekly blogs, podcasts, and ebooks, plus interviews with pastors, leaders and every day church members I hope to inspire and equip Adventist local churches everywhere to redesign for mission.
And here is the best part - you DON’T NEED A PASTOR to make it happen!
(Shh. Don’t tell anyone I told you that - wink wink)
So how does it work?
Start with my free ebook below on how to study the Bible with postmoderns!
I’ll send the ebook straight to your email address and from there, all you have to do is check your email each week for an update on whats happening!
If the weekly update is relevant to your context explore it, engage with it and share it!
That is seriously all there is to it :D