Friday, December 27, 2013

Two Questions Worth Pondering: What Are We Inviting Them To? and Is Attending Church Worth the Risk?

Those of us who hope that Pope Francis’ popularity will inspire a younger generation to enter our doors or lapsed Catholics to return would do well to ask ourselves difficult questions: What are we inviting them to? Are we simply welcoming them back to a church that reminds them why they left in the first place?

Candice Czubernat on the question LGBTI people repeatedly ask ourselves, when we're invited to someone's church:

Is attending church worth the risk? 

Questions worth pondering, which deserve to be set side by side . . . .  

The graphic is from David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons's 2007 study on behalf of the Barna Group of attitudes of younger Americans towards the Christian churches at present.

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