Advent a make-or-break chance for churches, visitors
from Religion News Service via USA Today
Deck the halls and cue the pageant! Advent has arrived in American churches, which means the lapsed and the curious who seldom darken the door just might drop by for a taste of the season's spirit. But if visitors briskly come and go without considering a commitment to join or get involved, then churches will have missed a golden opportunity with huge implications for the future. Part of what's at stake, researchers say, is the survival of congregations.
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