Restoring The Church
Restoring the Church web ministry’s purpose prior to COVID 19 pandemic was to increase the awareness of why small churches were dying and to point the leadership of those churches to resources and ideas that should help them become healthy again.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began to wreak havoc, churches were seeing attendance plummet. Some of the biggest denominations in the United States, have experienced steep declines in membership. Many of the large church buildings which remain open, their congregations have become smaller and aged. In some cases, churches have closed.
Even prior to the pandemic many pastors were accepting this decline and making statements such as ” I think we’re still a healthy church, but honestly, I don’t really expect us to grow.”
The effect of COVID 19 pandemic has drastically increased this decline both in time and severity. I have a desire to help any church, any denomination!
I am sure there are exceptions, however the major reason for the decline are that many churches today have the same issues as the seven churches addressed in the “Messages to the Seven Churches” by Jesus in the Book of Revelation.
#1 Reason – Left First Love
Many churches in the United States once were on fire for God; they were passionate about the work of God. However, for some reason they have departed from God’s mission. They, like the church at Ephesus, left their first love. “Restoring the Church” web ministry points out that “Christ Jesus” must be the focus of every church’s ministry.
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love (kjv)
Additional Help: Church at Ephesus
#2 Reason – Luke Warm
Jesus tells the church at Laodicea “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Repent & Return
How can a church be restored? Remember, Repent and Return to Christ!
Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (kjv)
COVID-19 has greatly increased the decline!
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