[Warmth Rather than Light, Citation: Jack R. Van Ens, Leadership, Vol. 8, no. 3.]
People join churches more because they want warmth than light.
We like to think it’s our stunning proclamation of the truth that keeps them in the pews.
Sermons may get them into church the first time, but what keeps them coming are friendships that foster inward awareness and support.
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