The Christian Post has published an article by R. Albert Mohler Jr. in which Mohler ruminates on decades old research by Dean Kelley and a recent David Brooks op-ed article in the New York Times on the broadway production The Book of Mormon. Both of these sources conclude that churches that grow have narrow stringent doctrinal statements and make high demands of their members.
As an association of churches, we have long been a champion of doctrine. But do all of our churches couple that with high demands of their members? How can we encourage growth among our fellowshiping churches (specifically our individuals churches) by promoting both a high-level commitment to the truth and church participation? How can we encourage these commitments in a way that comes from a love for God and the gospel rather than guilt or manipulation?