Anthony Bachman
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Welcome to Five Revealed. This website examines how the evangelist, shepherd, teacher, prophet, and apostle is not an office, but a passion and point of view that is available to every believer in Jesus Christ. I believe the Church is relational, and these giftings will relationally intertwine into the mosaic fabric called the Church.

I've blogged over 600 different entries during the last six years. Join me in my walk as Jesus' precious Holy Spirit is "retooling" his Church for the 21st Century through insight and revelation into these five passions, five points of view, so diverse, yet the very key to bringing unity in the Body of Christ and maturity to the individual Christian.  It may challenge your thinking of the way we "do Church", for it certainly has challenged me.

I invite you to join me in my journey as the "Five" are "Revealed" in an unique way.

Anthony Bachman

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Sunday
Oct252009

Relationship To Religion!

Sunday School Orchestra of the early 1900's.Increase To Decrease

Several years ago I attended a Law Witness Mission at a church that once boasted a “Sunday School Orchestra” of 90 members! That was just the orchestra.  In their “Sunday School Section” there were balconies so that several classes could be held in one general area.  Today there is less than 90 members in the entire church.

Once a local church boasted of over a 1,000 who crammed into their service and even had Billy Graham in his early days preach there.  Today they are less than 200.

 Today, I attended church in a huge sanctuary that use to host hundreds on a Sunday morning, but today they have three services, two with only twenty-five each attending, and one with ninety!

So what does this say about the lasting power of large churches with great numbers in the wake of the mega-church movement?  Many questions rise instead: Why the incline?  Why couldn’t these churches maintain the numbers they had? Is church life “cyclical”?  Did the buildings that housed the masses become the albatross to maintain in later years? These are all questions needing to be asked in an age where the number of people attending a church defines their “success” to many.

New churches feature relationships when they are infants, but as churches grow in numbers, it is easily to get lost in the crowd unless there is a “pastoral”, or “shepherding” component in the church’s ministry.  Often churches that were evangelistic at birth grow quickly in numbers, wane when unable to nurture the new babes, this is why having a “shepherding” ministry is so crucial.  If we do not learn lessons from history, we are doomed to repeat it.  We need all five of the five fold ministries. We need the shepherd no matter how small or how large the congregation is.