(Snippet from tomorrow’s talk. Will be on podcast next week)
Noah was told to build a rescue boat. And that’s what the church is meant to be by the way.
This week the CofE put out a report highlighting how good it was that some churches were growing.
The headlines on twitter simply declared,‘Good news! Many churches are growing!’ I was really excited, but then I looked at the actual figures in the middle and in fact since 2010 –
18% of their churches are growing, great.
But 55% are plateauing
and 27% declined.
Later on we read that nearly half of churches have less than 5 under 16s.
That’s not good news. Reporting it as such is disingenuous. Surely these figures highlight a problem?
If it was a business you’d say ‘It’s change or die time.’
You have to face the bad news, before you can be good news.
I’m passionate about this because I’m still convinced that the local church is the hope of the world! We have to recognize the seriousness of our time and build churches and movements of churches that are life boats, not cruise liners for the ones already on board (with no kids allowed to disturb the games of shuffleboard on deck).
Noah recognized the seriousness of the situation in his lifetime, and took the action required. We’re not building a cruise ship here at Ivy, we’re building rescue boats!