“The more you worship, the better you feel about people who don’t worship with you,” Dougherty said. “It’s a community building experience that extends beyond the doors of the religious community.”
Research once again shows that confidence in organized religion remains at all-time lows. But what the numbers don’t reveal is the toll that the erosion of reputation and relevance has had on churches and ministers throughout the decline. It’s often described as an astonishing and disturbing experience.
“God, you must hate me because you can do something about this and you won’t.”
“In addition to the tremendous loss of physical structures are the heavy tolls on family life.”
“This is an effort to reach out and be connected in the community – that’s what church is all about.”
“Believers in Christ in the U.S. are attached to the TV, which gets your emotions pumped.”
“As Christians, we are called to be peace makers and to work for justice for those who are living under harsh conditions.”
“It requires fairly mature people who are committed to the model and who have excellent communication skills and really want to see it through.”
When Donald Trump took office, a lot of his rhetoric was really disturbing for these students. So, I spent a lot of time in conversation with them and offering that kind of pastoral care and trust building.