The biggest difficulty facing the church lies in two distinct but related areas each of which impacts the other.
The first difficulty has to do with the level of teaching which is offered to a congregation. The typical church behaves and functions in terms of its teaching ministry as if sermons are lessons presented to a beginners language class which never progresses beyond the level of the newest and least competent and experienced learner. All lessons assume no knowledge at all therefore nobody progresses or is allowed to progress unless they teach themselves in their spare time. Intelligent and curious and sincere people leave for lack of a compelling reason to stay. Continue reading