Craig Cable is the national director of Group’s Lifetree Cafe and the director of church publishing. With hundreds of locations in North America, Lifetree Café is serving as a relational connection point for the unchurched, the dechurched, and the spiritually mature Christian. Craig also leads strategic planning and product development teams for the creation of ministry innovations that will serve the church of the future.
Refresh the Church: If you follow church trends it’s no surprise the church in America is going through significant changes. Church attendance continues to decline. Younger generations are increasingly self-identifying as having no religious affiliation. And we’re seeing a rise in people who were once very active in their local church now deciding they’re “done” with church. There’s no single smoking gun to blame, nor is there a silver bullet to fix what’s breaking. And because the challenges are multi-faceted, there’s also no single voice providing all the answers. The “Refresh the Church” initiative was created for the purpose of researching church trends and developing resources to help churches thrive in a state of change.
Lifetree Café: Lifetree Café is a time and place where people gather to hear inspiring stories and engage in conversation on a different topic every week. On film and in person, you’ll hear stories that will make you think, spice your conversation, help you make sense of the world, and inspire you. And in the fun, casual, safe environment of Lifetree Café, you may share your story, too. If you’re looking for a place where you can explore life, meet new friends, and experience God.
How your small church can reach the unchurched and the dechurched (those who used to attend faithfully)