Note from Josh: Over time, I will gather some of the more prescient articles concerning the future of associations here. I will always link to the original source.
SOURCE: The Exchange, a blog by Ed Stetzer
Within my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, there are three levels of partnership: associations, state conventions and the national convention. Churches connect to the local association, which comprise the smallest area of the three.
There are similar structures in other denominations, often called districts, diocese, or conferences, with varying levels of autonomy from the national structure.
Yet, the way churches connect is rapidly changing. This new reality is causing strain on historical relationships, like those with associations.
The question is how will associations respond. As I do this closing series from my LifeWay Research role, here are my thoughts. (click here to read more)