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The Church Growth Network, founded in 1987, provides a wide range of professional consulting services for churches. Our firm is particularly well-versed in church analysis, strategic planning, staffing, breaking size barriers, coaching of church planters, and generational change issues.

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Church Movements of the Last Fifty Years in the USA

Syndie Porter

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Over the last half-century, four major movements have arisen in an effort to stem the tide of decline in church attendance within North America.   The Church Renewal Movement, Church Growth Movement, Emerging Church Movement, and Missional Movement have offered different approaches to engaging lost people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This article presents an overview of these major movements and the numerous sub-movements within each, and suggests five insights and seven questions that emerge from their interplay.

Introduction

Heraclitus once said, “There is nothing permanent except change.”  This is certainly apparent when we look at the various movements that have influenced local churches in the United States during the last half-century.  Movements keep changing, which is to be expected as the word movement implies.  Today we are enamored with the Missional Church Movement, but this is only the current trend in a long list of movements that have sought to restore churches to growth and vitality since the 1950s.  Thus, the purpose of this article is to provide a short review of the major movements and sub-movements that have shaped churches in North America during the last fifty-plus years, and to note five insights that arise from the interplay of such movements.

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