Posts by John Hayward

 
  • The New Ideology

    Part 1 – Model Construction In the last two blogs, I have referred to the “New Ideology”, an ideology which is gradually taking the place of Christianity in Western societies […]

     
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  • Where to Plant a Church?

    Big City, Small Town, or Rural? Despite church decline, church planting continues at a fast pace. In the cities of the UK, the church landscape has a generous number of […]

     
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  • Rewriting History

    The other day I visited a Welsh mining museum [1]. The lady showing us around was describing the poor working conditions in the early 1800s, 10 hours a day underground, […]

     
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  • Church Growth Limited by Inadequate Resource Production

    Limits to Church Growth 3 In two previous blogs, I looked at congregational growth being limited by: Demand from society [1]; Supply by the church [1]; Lack of enthusiasts [2]. […]

     
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  • Why Revivals Stopped in the UK

    And The Churches Declined In two previous posts, I showed that the growth of the Presbyterian denomination in Wales came from a sequence of revivals that gave it a high […]

     
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  • Revival and Church Growth – Dealing with Objections

    In two previous posts [1,2] I used the growth and decline of the Presbyterian denomination in Wales to put forward two complementary theses: The growth of the church in the […]

     
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  • The “Twitter Mob” and Free Speech – A Systems Perspective

    Some Thoughts on the Christmas Message of David Robertson, Free Church of Scotland  Recently David Robertson, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, delivered a Christmas message where he said society […]

     
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  • Church Decline Caused By Lack of Revival

    In my last blog [1] I showed that the primary cause of decline for the Presbyterian Church of Wales (aka Calvinist Methodists) in the 20th century was due to a […]

     
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  • Church Decline Caused by Lack of Conversions

    In my last blog, Closing Rural Churches [1], I said that no strategy to reverse church decline would work unless it deals with the root cause of decline, the church’s […]

     
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  • Closing Rural Churches

    Is This the Way to Church Growth? Recently in an article for the Guardian newspaper Giles Fraser suggested the Church of England should do to its churches what Beeching did […]

     
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