Can Christianity Save Dallas? Part I

Dallas churches face questions of faith and a community in need

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According to research from the Barna Group, 88 percent of DFW identify themselves as "Christian." Among its many tenets, Christianity teaches brotherly love and service to our fellow man. The "community of believers" is one that is not selfish or isolated, but rather looks outwardly to love sacrificially and help others.

Like most major metropolitan areas, Dallas is a city in need. New economic realities and tightened budgets have forced local governments to cut programs and benefits to the disadvantaged. Local charities have also seen dramatic declines in giving, making it harder to meet the essential requirements of our neediest citizens. How will our city get by?

One solution may lie within Dallas' churches. The Dallas metro area is home to 8 of the country's 100 largest churches, and has dozens of "mega" and "major" churches with congregations over 5,000 members. These congregations are powerful forces for good in the city, funding worthy benevolences both in Big D and around the world. Could our city's churches large or small harness their members to do more? Or, as our city grows larger and the local church transforms to commuter churches, have they actually lost touch with their community and turned inward? What is the role of small groups in restoring the intimacy of one-on-one human interaction between Christians and the secular world?

In this three-part series, YouPlusDallas explores these questions as area churches and their congregations confront the difference between, as one pastor called it, "calling oneself a Christian and actually living out your faith day to day."

NOTE: On Monday, April 25 at 7 pm, YouPlusDallas is hosting a debate among the candidates for Dallas mayor at Gospel Lighthouse, an Assembly of God church near Dallas Baptist University. The topic is Faith and Public Policy, and the candidates will be asked questions about the role their faith plays in their decision-making. The event is open to the public, so please come by!

Statistics courtesy of the Barna Group and their research. ï»¿


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