According to a recent Barna survey, 41% of Christians follow the liturgical year “very closely throughout the year,” with more people following it more loosely. This seems to represent a growing number of people over the past few years, according to informal conversations we have with those we coach and train.
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (March 6 this year), and lasts until Easter Sunday (April 21st this year).
Numerous studies confirm that the American church is in decline.
Alan Roxburgh, in his book Joining God, Remaking the Church, Changing the World, shares the following statistic:
- If you were born between 1925 and 1945, there is a 60% chance you are in church today.
- If you were born between 1946 and 1964, there is a 40% chance you are in church today.
- If you were born between 1965 and 1983, there is a 20% chance you are in church today.
- If you were born after 1984, there is less than a 10% chance you are in church today.
Reading, both widely and deeply, is a vital discipline for any leader. But reading is especially important for the Christian leader, because our way of leadership (following Jesus) isn’t just pragmatic. It’s a inherently theological pursuit that demands we reflect deeply on our relationships regularly.
We asked our team to give us a few favorite books from 2018, and we’ve got a list below, in no particular order. (Note: these aren’t necessarily books that were released this year, just books we happened to read this year.)
I came to know the love of Jesus for the first time at a church plant.
I then had the privilege of being a part of one of the most impactful church-planting churches in the Midwest for over ten years, having a hand in the start-up of various campuses and plants. [Read more…]