(By Thomas S. Rainer) Please don’t shoot the messenger. And please wait on additional data and research that will be more positive and helpful. But please read my words closely and carefully. I am troubled by one major aspect of the research we just conducted. You can peruse the details of our research at my previous blog post. Simply stated, we conducted a random sample of churches

with data in 2013 and 2016. The margin of error of the research is +/- 3.1 percent. It’s an accurate study – very accurate. In the previous post, I shared that 65 percent of churches are declining or plateaued. For most of us, that number was better than the conventional “wisdom” we have heard. In that sense it was good news.  CONTINUE