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"The latest results from the 1989 Census (of churches in England) show that there are still more people leaving the churches than joining them.... The total number of churches known to the researchers and included in the 1989 Census fell by 662 since 1979....
"One thing I have noticed which warrants further thought is that churches usually look outward but declining churches look inward! The result of this in terms of numbers seems obvious. A church which is inward-looking is hardly likely to be able to counter the decline and grow numerically. It also seems obvious that in order to grow more, Christians need to look beyond themselves and share the good things they have with those who have not. The church is the one institution which was not formed for its own members but for those outside its ranks.
FROM THE EDITORS
Knowing the Christmas secret
Barbara M. Vining
A Christmas letter
Alfred J. Gemrich
Angels are always present to help us
Robert R. MacKusick
Knowing what we know
Overcoming dark memories
Sally Phipps O'Hara
To the child
Carolyn F. Ruffin
Finding a deeper meaning to Christmas
Thomas Richard Mitchinson
"Growing churches look outward!" by Monica Hill, editor, Church Growth Digest
A Christmas star
Joan Sieber Ware
FROM HAND TO HAND
M. M. H.
Christmas in the kitchen
Mary Metzner Trammell
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Phyllis Ann Gibson
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Estelle H. Schulze with contributions from Albert O. Schulze, Sandra Pawa
I'd like to express my gratitude for a wonderful healing I've had
Aaron Overton with contributions from Dyann Overton
It is with great joy and gratitude that I write about the birth...
Daniel L. De Vey with contributions from Leanne M. De Vey