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Day: February 10, 2012

7 Surprising Things Churches Have Done to Attract New Members

It seems like there’s always another local church in the news for pulling some outlandish stunt or another. And sometimes its hard to tell what their intention was, and other times its pretty clear that they were looking to get in the news.

One way we can begin interpreting these surprising actions by a local church is to examine their beliefs and determine whether they would be considered “orthodox”. Orthodoxy can be defined as the “right belief” about God and is typically characterized by the ancient creeds of the church.  To compliment their orthodox belief, we can then consider the “orthopraxis”, or the “right practice”, of the church.

Typically the orthopraxis of the local church is expressed in much broader terms than orthodoxy, and of the two is what flexes as local churches contextualize their practices to reach new members.

We have found 7 examples of surprising things that churches have done to attract […]

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February 10: Psalm 112

February 10: Psalm 112 Description of the wise man who fears the Lord (an acrostic psalm about the righteous life) 87.87                         Stuttgart (God, My King, Thy Might Confessing), p. 160 Beecher (Love Divine, All

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