Did 7.5 million Americans really lose their faith since 2012?

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Matthew Maule questions the figures.

A recent Religion News Service (RNS) analysis piece by Tobin Grant claims “7.5 million Americans lost their religion since 2012.” He bases his analysis off the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) done by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago; the survey is funded by the National Science Foundation. He further elaborates that “When asked their religious preference, nearly 1 in 4 Americans now says ‘none.’” An examination of the numbers, however, brings both these claims into question.

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Tim Scheuer: How to share God’s story within your story

Tim Scheuer demonstrates how he shares God’s story (the gospel) within his story.

Here’s how Ray Vaughn does it.

Why not have a go with your own version? Use your own headings for each section, not Tim’s.

If you put it on YouTube, send me the link.

If you lead someone to Christ, teach them to do this immediately and share it with family and friends.

What does it take to reach a city: Part 2

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Fred shares the second part of What it will take to reach a city?

Here’s a link to the first part.

Fred mentions sharing God’s story in your story, Ray Vaughn shows how to do just that.

What Jesus Started has more on Discovery Bible Study, T4T, the Three Thirds process.

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The Blog turns 10

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Ten years ago I thought my first book on Movements would never see the light of day. Six publishers had rejected it.

So why not get it the ideas out anyway? I became a blogger. I learned to write for my readers, not to impress my critics (I’m my worst critic).

Now my third book on Movements is due for release in November 2015.

Thanks to Alister Cameron (above) my blogologist who helped me set the whole thing up in WordPress. Thanks to Peter Bergmeier and Kyle Walling who made it look nice and function effectively.

Thanks to Michelle who never reads my blog and never stops believing in me.

Here’s the first of 1,781 posts… I still believe every word.

Lost History of Christianity just £2.99 on Kindle

Finally a great book on discount for my UK readers.

More on the Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins…

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Are Americans losing their faith?

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In the US the percentage of people who have no religious preference is growing.

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The percentage of Americans who never go to church is growing.

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The percentage of Americans who never pray is growing.

On the other hand, 85% of Americans still pray sometimes. So go find them, and ask them if they’re near or far from God right now? And would they like to be nearer?

Don’t moan about the statistics. Don’t blame your church or your pastor. Get some training and do something. As you step out, God will show up.

NoPlaceLeft Australia and New Zealand

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NoPlaceLeft training with Steve Smith and Ying Kai

Sydney, Australia

29-31 May 2015

Sharing God’s story in your story

Ray Vaughn just keeps getting better and better. A great way to share the gospel—relational, simple, profound, contagious.

No place left: Getting started

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Ray Vaughn is moving to Houston so he sent this email around to the usual suspects:

Guys.  I have a question.  Did any of you formulate a step by step plan for when you hit the ground running in a new city, or to engage a new people group? 

Here’s what Jared thought …

  1. First six months—train everyone you can find, take them with you in the field always.
    Practically—L1 trainings (several per month) and then personally out in the harvest 4-6 days per week, calling others to join you as often as possible.
  2. At the end of 6 months, retreat and reflect on who is faithful, teachable, and fruitful.
    Practically—Midlevel training with a couple of the t4tusa guys in attendance. Have them connect with your potentials and give feedback as to how to best move forward with each of them.
  3. Spend the next 6 months helping them as they train and take people to the field.
    Practically—Assist your guys as they train and watch them from the background as they do it on their own. Ensure they are in the field several times per week.
    I would suggest a goal of finding faithful people (5-10) as a good one for the end of the first year. This would also set you up for success in year two.

L1 trainings are about how to get from “zero to one” — from no disciples to a group of new believers gathered as church. Midlevel training helps those doing zero to one take the next step.

The key to multiplication

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The key to multi-generational growth is simple obedience to the Great Commission. Treat every new believer as a 100% priest, who has Christ’s authority and presence for the three tasks of the Great Commission— going (proclaiming the gospel), baptizing, and teaching them to obey all of Christ’s commands (beginning with the Great Commission itself ). Every believer is a priest, who does every one of these tasks in order to disciple and plant churches among every kind of people. The key to generational growth is training the new believer as a priest, rather than as a student.

Mike Shipman