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In 2019, what unites us?

Call this the Age of Division — in our politics, in our rhetoric, in our choices.

In our churches.

A year ago, in this editorial space, we asked the question, “In 2018, who are the Churches of Christ?” We launched surveys and conducted interviews with Christian Chronicle readers across the nation. We looked at the differences among the age groups in our fellowship and the growing dichotomy between urban and rural congregations. 

We talked to Christians at ever-growing mega-churches where thousands worship — and aging members at small congregations with 20 or fewer souls left in the pews.

Based on what we learned, we launched the series “Big Questions for Churches of Christ.” In 2019, we plan to continue that series.

As we look through our readers’ responses, it occurs to us that we — including those of us here at the Chronicle — focus too often on the issues that divide our fellowship, on our differences, on our grievances.

As part of our ongoing coverage, we would like to know what unites us. Is it respect for God’s Word? Do we still hear the call to restore the church of the first century? Do we share a belief in congregational autonomy? Do we still have Christ-inspired zeal to spread the Gospel at home and around the world? 

And if any of us have lost these desires, what can we do to refocus on God and rekindle the flame?

Look for new surveys soon on our website, our Facebook page or in your email. Or write us a letter to share your thoughts on what you think can unite our fellowship as we begin a new year.

May all of us experience the peace that passes understanding in 2019. May we also experience spiritual growth — through rain and through sunshine, through trials and temptations, through every blessing and opportunity we find in our path. We know that in all things God is with us.

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