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Editorial: How Churches of Christ can grow again

Bobby Ross Jr. and Erik Tryggestad

Aug 18, 2021

Are we still planting seeds?

Jesus instructed us to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). And we know that God gives the increase — not us (1 Corinthians 3:7).

But we’re not seeing a lot of increase these days. In the past two decades, the number of us who worship with Churches of Christ has dipped by more than 230,000. And that’s based primarily on pre-COVID-19 estimates. The actual figure could be worse.

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