We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Differences Between Living & Dying Churches

 On his website (WinGreen.org), Dr. Win Green, pastor of the Baughman Memorial United Methodist Church in New Cumberland, PA, describes the differences between living and dying churches (here). It is maybe a bit simplistic, but if so he is still not far off base. According to Dr. Green, "Dying churches focus on growing their membership, while living churches focus on sharing their faith.  Dying churches work at running their church, while living churches work at making disciples.  Dying churches are people led, while living churches are Spirit led.  Dying churches drive to mission projects, while living churches are mission driven.  Dying churches fix things, while living churches create things."