An epidemic of empty seats has broken out in churches all across America. It has infected storefront churches on side streets, mainstream churches on Main Street, and mega ministries sprawling across suburban campuses on multiple streets. Every Sunday, virtually everywhere in the United States, preachers are forced to stand in the pulpit and preach to empty seats. What has caused this situation, and how can it be changed?
In this study, author Dr. C. Dexter Wise III addresses the issue of declining church attendance first by identifying nine key contributors to it, examining what these factors are and how they generate empty seats. He then goes on to offer more than one hundred concrete, practical steps that local churches can take to fill those empty seats with people on fire for the Lord, revolutionizing their entire ministries. With this guidance, which focuses on the contribution of both preachers and congregations, countless loss souls may flow into churches, full of the Word, the spirit, and the power of God.
PREACHING TO EMPTY SEATS
Dr. C. Dexter Wise III has pastored and helped to fill thousands of empty seats in three large churches since 1977. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA); Harvard University Divinity School (M.Div.); Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (MA); and United Theological Seminary (D. Min). He is also the founding pastor of Faith Ministries Church in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife, Dr. Shirley D. Wise, have four children and nine grandchildren.
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The preacher, the people, the praiseand six more factors which contribute to empty seats.
Plusmore than 100 steps any church can take to fill those seats with people on fire for the Lord
More than 100 Steps to Fill God's House with People, Power and Praise
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