Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Numbers Don’t Add Up

The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Re-posted from the White Horse Inn Blog

I was recently looking at the (very long and detailed) bio page of a pastor of a large church in the Midwest. As I was reading, this struck me as being interesting:

In the eight years that Dr. ____ has been its pastor, the First _____ Church of _____ has seen amazing growth, with the average weekly attendance more than doubling. This growth caused the need for a new auditorium; so in March of 2005, the First _____ Church moved into a new 7500-seat auditorium and, throughout that same year, saw over 25,000 converts baptized. Their website also states, “…we have a baptism time at the end of every Sunday service. Those who have trusted Jesus Christ are baptized by immersion, making it as easy as possible to be baptized ...(Read entire article)

6 comments:

Committed Christian said...

It seems like some churches think that Christ calls them to "make converts" instead of "make disciples". New Christians should be fed not left to starve, but it happens all the time and no one seems to want to take the time to nuture them in the faith.

stranger.strange.land said...

Sometimes denominational politics are a factor. Headquarters likes to see those numbers.

Patience said...

Oh that's cringe-worthy and very sad.

I have to ask: do you think that maybe occasionally there would be some people getting re-baptized because they "lost their salvation during the week"? Do people still do that?

stranger.strange.land said...

Not sure, but it seems to me that if they wanted to make baptism "as easy as possible" they would sprinkle rather than immerse.

Patience said...

What about adding a diving board? Then they could just walk the plank :-P

stranger.strange.land said...

That would be for for marriage ceremonies.