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Church as NGO

April 21st, 2023 | 4 min read

By Jake Meador

One of the most pressing problems facing the church in the west right now is how we can course correct after 40 years of failed discipleship strategies. The past decade has exposed the fact that many of the people in our churches don’t actually know or agree with much basic Christian doctrine (this was actually apparent prior to 2014, but most of us tried to ignore it, I think) and that many churchgoers went more out of the inertia of habit than out of any deep commitment to living the life of Jesus—that’s why when COVID disrupted church gatherings around 1/4 or more of attendees in many churches just stopped showing up, even after churches reopened.

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Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).