5 Signs of the Resurrection of the Mainline Church
Over many years, I have been in an on-again, off-again conversation online with a conservative Presbyterian named Joe. As long as I have known him, Joe has been lobbying for his congregation to leave my church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)—to forsake the mainline for a more clearly conservative Presbyterian denomination.
Joe insists that the days of our denomination are numbered. The last time Joe and I connected, he gave the PCUSA 10 years, maximum, until its death. You hear that comment about a lot of denominations, not just the PCUSA.
I don’t think so.
So begins a new piece for my blog on the Huffington Post, where I reflect on five ways mainline American churches are in the midst of a time of resurrection. One sign of this rise is the fundamental confession of God’s love for all God’s children:
A hallmark of the rising mainline church is a clear “Welcome to All” sign front and center above the door. If there is a fundamental confession shared by these churches, it is that God loves all God’s children. This is a seismic shift from millennia of instilling fear of a judging God to a vision for the church of inspiring relationship with a loving One. Both are in the Bible. Now the second is being lifted up.
Fathoming what God loving all means for us is the wonderful work of the emerging mainline church.
I invite you to read the full text of my piece on The Huffington Post and look forward, as always, to you thoughts. Does your church display any of these signs of resurrection? What other signs of mainline church resurrection do you see?