Three articles reflecting on church decline

Yes, these articles are about the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), but there are carry-overs to the RCA. The author, Dave Snapper, is a retired CRC church planter and an acquaintance of mine. I do not agree fully with his conclusions, but they are helpful to think about. His major ‘thesis’ and professional and hobby research has been around the positive effect of planting new churches near a “cluster” of existing ones. He showed in his research that isolated church plants are not likely to thrive. Here he applies some of that knowledge to the current situation in the CRC. 

http://www.christiancourier.ca/features/entry/the-ties-that-bind

http://www.christiancourier.ca/features/entry/part-ii-the-ties-that-bind

http://www.christiancourier.ca/features/entry/the-ties-that-bind1

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