Ripon Community Church offers a contemporary worship style.
Ripon Community Church offers a contemporary worship style.

     All over Ripon last week church pulpits were filled with pastors preaching the ultimate tale of rebirth and renewal  through the story of Christ’s resurrection.

     Many of Ripon’s own houses of worship are, themselves, experiencing revivals.

     With such transitions come tremendous opportunities, particularly at a time when Gallup, Inc. reported two weeks ago that church membership has plummeted 20 percent over the past 20 years. ...

     God is still speaking, as the United Church of Christ (UCC) maintains, but fewer of us are listening.  

     This need not be cause for lamentation.
     ... smart churches in Ripon view declining, aging membership as an opportunity for growth.

     Ripon Community Church (RCC) literally grew from nothing 17 years ago. Today, it enjoys a membership of 2,000 ...

     Meanwhile, Ripon Immanuel Church beginning last Sunday now offers contemporary and traditional services, with a praise brand providing an alternative to the more staid though sacred sounds of a pipe organ. In addition, the church has rebranded itself with a new name sans “Methodist” to emphasize its inclusivity ...

     Another church in transition is St. Catherine of Siena. It will have a new priest this summer as Father Bob Fictum, whose retirement the church celebrated on Sunday, will depart in June ...

     First Congregational Church of Ripon will be taking a congressional vote May 12 to decide whether to call a particular pastor.

     Such changes suggest that Ripon’s churches, including those whose pulpits and membership are stable, have opportunities to preach the Gospel in new and exciting ways, while still embracing Jesus’ critical but difficult “mandatum” to love and serve one another ...
                                   — Tim Lyke