[Peter Yeoman is currently working in America] I was prompted to comment on the true statements of 'Remember the Toad'. Sadly, I don't think America has answers either but rather warnings. Are the current trends in the United Kingdom developing into, what is generally, the present spiritual condition in the United States? Following a survey of Christianity in America, D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion, said, "The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep." Although, like any other nation, there are pockets of good expressions of church life in America, the following observations are examples of the general spiritual condition in many parts.
Prayer practice - No weekly corporate church prayer meeting. Prayer is now the responsibility of individual ‘Intercessors’ as well as occasional groups that meet during the weekday mornings. Much of which are becoming less and less attended i.e. 5 or 6 in attendance.
Worship weakness - Spectators instead of participators – this is due to several reasons including the development of professionalism in worship teams and seeker sensitive presentation. In some places the worship team can either disappear from the service for coffee following ‘doing their bit’ or even fall asleep while the service continues and sermon is preached.