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  • Anglican Church Decline in the West – The Data

    The Anglican Church, once a key institution in the English-speaking world, has suffered decline for over half a century. Although in both the UK and North America there are many […]

     
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  • Limits to Church Growth – Part 2

    The Reproduction of Enthusiasts In a previous post I investigated two barriers to church growth: Lack of supply of religion by the church; and lack of demand for religion in […]

     
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  • Institutionalism and Church Decline

    In a recent post, Gillan Scott, deputy editor of the Archbishop Cranmer blog, suggested that the Church of England might be more interested in managing decline than engaging in mission […]

     
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  • Nagaland Revival 1976-1982

    Nagaland, an Indian state bordering Burma, saw dramatic growth in the number of Christians during the 20th century [1]. Composed of 16 separate tribes with different languages, the Naga people […]

     
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  • Limits to Church Growth – Part 1

    All churches want to grow. It is part of the mission of the church to spread the faith, to make converts, to see new people come to Christ. For that […]

     
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  • The Eyam Plague of 1666: A System Dynamics Model

    At present the news is full of the rather frightening Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. Other infectious diseases also get into the news often, for example AIDS/HIV and flu. What […]

     
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  • Is the Charismatic Revival Over?

    The Changing Nature of Worship Songs In a recent article for Christian Today, worship leader Noel Richards passed comment on the style of worship songs written in the 1990s and […]

     
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  • Decline of the Church of England – Update 2001-2012

    A year ago I applied the Limited Enthusiasm Model church growth to the decline of the Church of England, based on its published attendance figures 2001-2011 [1]. Since then Statistics […]

     
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  • Conversion – Hearts Strangely Warmed

    The Meaning of “Conversion” in Church Growth Models When I present my models on church growth, I invariably refer to the process by which a person joins, or starts attending, […]

     
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  • Membership Decline in the Southern Baptist Convention

    Every year the new edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches publishes the membership figures for all the Christian denominations in the USA [1]. Heading up the list […]

     
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