Religion: Twelve Churches

The ministers of top U.S. churches are not always outstanding preachers. Many of them also tend to put too much emphasis on service and too little on God's Word.

This is one of the conclusions reached by the editors of the Christian Century after careful and detailed study of twelve of the most successful and important Protestant churches in the U.S. In Chicago last week, the Century's editors analyzed the round dozen for trends and common denominators.

Must a successful church have an outstanding minister? He must certainly be a "good minister," say the editors, and must work at it for a "considerable...

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