50% of adults will not read a book after 18 years of age.
That was a statistic shared this afternoon at a CKN Learning Event. We gathered with 18 pastors, authors, and publishers from around the country to ponder how to better align culture, ministry, leadership, and facilities. It was a remarkable experience and there’s a sense of urgency here to reverse this long, consistent decline of church attendance and influence in the US.
We’ve been pondering causes and the church’s inability to arrest it. It’s clear we have more resources in the church than ever before. These pastors and leaders sincerely care, so it isn’t lack of motivation. Here’s one leader’s take:
What we lack most in the church is spiritual imagination.
We read in Hosea 4:6 that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. So are knowledge and imagination one and the same? Is imagination divine? Is the fact we still measure and drive church success by the ABC’s of:
simply a testimony to our weak imagination?
Why do you think the church is failing?
How do you think we should measure church success?
Yes I know, there were more questions than answers today.