By Paul Nixon
There is no finish to clichés and straightforward assumptions approximately congregational healthiness and energy. it really is a lot more uncomplicated to begin a brand new church than flip round an previous one; nondenominational church buildings are growing to be, whereas denominational church buildings are loss of life; small-membership church buildings are involved in simple terms with survival; suburban church buildings care in basic terms approximately unending programming and "spiritual entertainment"; downtown church buildings are doomed to decay. no matter what kernel of fact such analyses may possibly include, they omit the particular aspect. church buildings stagnate, decline, and die for a couple of purposes, yet mostly simply because they've got forgotten who they're. they've got forgotten their undertaking to arrive out to people who don't know God in Christ. they've got forgotten that we worship--not to suppose cozy and safe--but to come back into the presence of a God who leads us out into the area. they've got forgotten the "cloud of witnesses" who've long past sooner than us within the Christian religion, supplying versions for the way we will be able to proclaim the message of the gospel in ways in which new generations can listen it. Paul Nixon calls this failure of reminiscence "spiritual amnesia." desirous about institutional survival and private convenience, congregations have forgotten what prior generations of Christians have realized repeatedly: that the church's nice problem is to make the gospel on hand in new and compelling how one can those that desire such a lot to listen to it. In a sequence of sweeping insights into congregational existence and modern tradition, Nixon maps a path that might aid church buildings have in mind who they're and for whom they exist.