Leader’s Digest, November 22, 2019

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Leader’s Digest is a weekly collection of articles, podcasts, and other posts gleaned from the internet. Some thoughtful, some funny, some are just different. All of them are worth sharing with you.

How a Decrease in Attendance Frequency is Affecting Your Church, by Sam Rainer

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A phenomenon is impacting churches across the United States. Maybe your church is an anomaly. But most churches—regardless of size and denominational affiliation—are experiencing a decrease in attendance frequency.

Attendance frequency measures how often a person comes to church. For example, an “active” member was once considered someone who came twice, or even three times a week. Today an active member is considered someone who comes twice a month.


Interview with Pete Wehner: Faith, Politics, & Polarization

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In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with political commentator and columnist, Pete Wehner, about the mixing of faith and politics


Jon Acuff on Challenging Your Inner Critic


What Research Tells Us About the ‘Seal’ of Believer’s Baptism, by Samuel Perry

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A new study suggests that the rite doesn’t bind young Christians to a certain level of faith commitment, but to a faith community.

Our study showed that participants who had undergone any religious rite of passage during or before their teenage years did not necessarily turn out more religious than those who had not undergone a rite of passage. However, they were 30 percent more likely to stay in their religious faith.


Something the Old Testament Does Better, by Matt Stieger

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We seem to forget that God is a God of joy. In fact, God is a fan of parties. He loves when His people celebrate!

Reverence before God is good. But, as I read about these festivals, I realize that reverence without joy is not pleasing to God. If we’re somber all the time but never thankful or joyful, then we’re missing the point.


And Finally, Tom Hanks Demonstrates the Pastor’s Life Cycle

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