Are we all Priests?
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Churches, almost across the board are losing parishioners. Some slowly and some very fast like the Anglicans and the Uniting Church. It is hardly conceivable that they will exist in any meaningful way in 10 years time. It would seem unless churches learn how to tap into the gifts within the members of their congregations their demise is almost certain. They need to be instructing not just the teachings of the bible but on how the parishioners can go out into the world and bring back new converts. Churches need new blood because when the current crop have moved on there is very little there to replace them. We are all Priests, each with gifts given to us by the holy spirit to be used by the church. The greatest apostasy the church can commit is the ignore those gifts and allow the churches to die.
Some say that we can continue on in small, devout groups outside of the traditional church but to me that seems like surviving in life-rafts as the titanic sinks. I don't wont to be in a life-raft, I wont to be in a restored titanic. We had the reformation, we now desperately need a restoration.
Thomas Rainer studied 2000 churches and found that without exception, the churches that attracted irreligious people were high-expectation churches. Dr Chris Bader found that "groups that are growing in membership are the ones that require more of their members.