A newspaper article by the Minnesota StarTribune


Summary: Churches across the United States are declining in size and closing their doors. This research-based newspaper article by the Minnesota StarTribune discusses the impact the decline is having on its community churches and members.


During the early stages of the church in Rome, Paul encouraged the Romans by saying, “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5). Through Paul’s writing, we are called to be a part of a community of Christians and form a church body. The trend which shows a decline in church attendance and a closing of churches is concerning. It’s also an opportunity to look at state of the church in pursuit of healing.


Use Cases: Read individually or in a group for discussion.


Questions to Consider: As men, how do we pursue Christ-centered community inside and outside the church?


Additional Resources: Those Who Love Jesus but not The Church


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