The group known as the Churches of Christ is one of America’s largest religious bodies with over 1.5 million adherents and congregations in all fifty states. Like many U.S. Christian bodies, the Churches of Christ have entered a time of decline. This article is a case study of the Churches of Christ and describes the group’s growth and decline, with a specific focus on the years 2006 to 2016. The movement’s current state of health is assessed, and the impact of new church planting as the engine for movement growth is described. The article ends by addressing three hard challenges and three bold strategies that the Churches of Christ might employ to promote a new period of growth.
Granberg, S. E. (2018). A Case Study of Growth and Decline: The Churches of Christ, 2006-2016. Great Commission Research Journal, 10(1), 90-113. Retrieved from https://digitalarchives.apu.edu/gcrj/vol10/iss1/17