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Sharing the gospel is easier than you think
Only 15 percent of American congregations have grown by even one person in the last five years, according to the Parish Paper newsletter. There are no doubt many demographic explanations for why congregations’ memberships decline or plateau, but it’s also true that some congregations don’t know how to grow or don’t really want to grow. Research by Wade Clark Roof in the mid-’90s, for example, indicated that only 26 percent of United Methodist clergy and lay leaders would put evangelism on their congregations’ agenda.


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