Reading for Your Weekend — 1/8/16

The weekend's upon us. Here are some of my favorite posts from around the blogosphere this week. These posts are worth checking out. weeklyreading

Six Early Warning Signs of Church Dropouts

Over time, some members can drift away into obscurity and anonymity. Often the process is slow. Pastors and other church leaders need identify these people and reach out to them. Thom Rainer's post will help you identify them.

Why Do Millennials Consider the Church a Negative Influence on Society?

As a millennial, I found this post intriguing. My own generation is a tough group to reach, and often have negative attitudes towards the church.

In 2015, Millennials had a more positive view than any other generation of labor unions, colleges and universities, small businesses, the energy industry, technology companies, large corporations, banks and financial institutions, national news media, and the entertainment industry. The only institution they were less positive about than their elders was churches and religious organizations.

14 Mistakes Search Committees Make

I'm not a huge fan of the traditional Baptist search committee, but perhaps that's a different post for a different day. Yet, Chuck Lawless' post helps identify some major mistakes search committees can make.

7 Bad Reasons to Leave Your Church

If you’re considering leaving the church you attend, there are a few things you may want to consider before making the leap. Your current church may have more to offer you – and you to offer it – than you may realize.

Can We Sing Too Much About the Cross?

Why would someone say that? There could be a number of reasons. You might think singing about the cross all the time is introspective and even depressing. You could offer that the cross is simply one of many biblical themes we can sing about when we gather. Some people have suggested that songs about the cross have the effect of minimizing the significance of the resurrection. You might be able to add to this list.