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Mitchell Holman
2017-11-12 14:58:58 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017


1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.

2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.

3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.

4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.

5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.

6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.

7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.

8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.



Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.

Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.

Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.

http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
John Locke
2017-11-12 16:49:13 UTC
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On Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:58:58 -0600, Mitchell Holman
Post by Mitchell Holman
EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about ?he good old days.?Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
9. There's a strong odor of ether emanating from the facility.
Mitchell Holman
2017-11-12 18:40:07 UTC
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On Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:58:58 -0600, Mitchell Holman
Post by Mitchell Holman
EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about ?he good old days.?Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
9. There's a strong odor of ether emanating from the facility.
There is a whole specialty in the real estate
market for all the closed and abandoned churches.
Remake them in homes, remake them into gyms and
skateboard parks, etc.

Over 100 in my area alone...........

http://www.loopnet.com/texas_churches-for-sale/
hypatiab7
2017-11-13 11:45:27 UTC
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Post by Mitchell Holman
EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
Unfortunately?
Kevrob
2017-11-14 00:29:02 UTC
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Post by Mitchell Holman
EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
The ecclesiastical organization it belongs to, and which owns
it, has to cut back expenses and personnel. The former situation
may have to do with rising legal costs, brought upon it by the
coming to light of past criminal activity by church employees
that the hierarchy hushed up. The latter may be because recruitment
of clergy has dropped to historic lows.

Also, congregations may have essentially fired the hierarchy, after
it introduced modern changes the congregants will not accept.
Post by hypatiab7
Unfortunately?
I won't miss some of those sanctuaries closing. Some of the adjuncts,
church-connected schools, child day care and elder care programs, and
"community center" functions etc., will leave a gap, one I am afraid
will be filled, if at all, by local government, which doesn't need to
grow any larger than it already is.

Kevin R
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2017-11-13 12:15:27 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
<snip false harbingers that worship services can only be held in churches>
Post by Mitchell Holman
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
The fourth choice is to begin having worship services, prayer meetings,
and Bible study sessions in the homes of those taking part. This is what
many church members are now choosing to do, not just here in the U.S.,
but all around the world, especially in China.

http://www.smallgroups.com/articles/2015/house-churches-in-our-neighborhoods.html?paging=off

https://www.liberty.edu/champion/2014/09/mega-church-vs-home-church/

https://standupforthetruth.com/2013/01/church-at-home-why-the-house-church-movement-is-growing/

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/29/us/search-for-the-right-church-ends-at-home.html
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2017-11-13 12:56:05 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
9)You got an eviction notice from your landlord.
Jeanne Douglas
2017-11-14 01:10:12 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
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http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
9)You got an eviction notice from your landlord.
What does one's landlord have to do with churches closing?
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2017-11-14 02:07:10 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
9)You got an eviction notice from your landlord.
10)Because you missed several mortgage payments, the bank has notified you they are repossessing the property.
Jeanne Douglas
2017-11-14 07:23:50 UTC
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Post by Mitchell Holman
EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
=20
=20
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or=20
more years.
=20
2) The church does not look like the community in=20
which it is located. The community has changed its=20
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the=20
church has not. Many members are driving from other=20
places to come to the church.
=20
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior=20
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away=20
from having no one left in the church.
=20
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most=20
conversations are about =E2=80=9Cthe good old days.=E2=80=9D Those=20
good old days may have been 25 or more years in=20
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held=20
as the model to emulate.
=20
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.=20
They are more concerned about their music style,=20
their programs, their schedules, and their=20
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.=20
=20
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most=20
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on=20
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.=20
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.=20
=20
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a=20
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of=20
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship=20
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding=20
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
=20
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.=20
The members are confronted with the choice to change=20
or die. And though few would articulate it, their=20
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the=20
choice to die.
=20
=20
=20
Churches with four or more of these signs have three=20
choices. They can embark on a process of change and=20
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a=20
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and=20
some new people.
=20
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That=20
is the choice to die.
=20
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just=20
that the next twelve months.
=20
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
=20
9)You got an eviction notice from your landlord.
10)Because you missed several mortgage payments, the bank has notified you =
they are repossessing the property.
What does this have to do with churches closing? Seriously, I want to know your reasoning.
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2017-11-16 10:55:37 UTC
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Post by Mitchell Holman
EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
=20
=20
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or=20
more years.
=20
2) The church does not look like the community in=20
which it is located. The community has changed its=20
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the=20
church has not. Many members are driving from other=20
places to come to the church.
=20
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior=20
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away=20
from having no one left in the church.
=20
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most=20
conversations are about =E2=80=9Cthe good old days.=E2=80=9D Those=20
good old days may have been 25 or more years in=20
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held=20
as the model to emulate.
=20
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.=20
They are more concerned about their music style,=20
their programs, their schedules, and their=20
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.=20
=20
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most=20
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on=20
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.=20
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.=20
=20
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a=20
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of=20
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship=20
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding=20
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
=20
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.=20
The members are confronted with the choice to change=20
or die. And though few would articulate it, their=20
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the=20
choice to die.
=20
=20
=20
Churches with four or more of these signs have three=20
choices. They can embark on a process of change and=20
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a=20
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and=20
some new people.
=20
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That=20
is the choice to die.
=20
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just=20
that the next twelve months.
=20
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
=20
9)You got an eviction notice from your landlord.
10)Because you missed several mortgage payments, the bank has notified you =
they are repossessing the property.
What does this have to do with churches closing? Seriously, I want to know your reasoning.
LOL! Don't hold your breath!
Africa-Has-No-Boss-But-Jesus
2017-11-14 00:17:20 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
If it's NOT built on the rock of Peter of course it will be conquered and swallowed up in the world and by the world.....
The Lord of the Living and the dead, the Lord of the slaves and the orphans, the fatherless will never forsake His Own Church.
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2017-11-15 21:52:10 UTC
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Post by Mitchell Holman
EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
If it's NOT built on the rock of Peter of course it will be conquered
and swallowed up in the world and by the world.....
The Lord of the Living and the dead, the Lord of the slaves and the
orphans, the fatherless will never forsake His Own Church.
Your Lord was kicked out for not doing its job.
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2017-11-16 05:25:30 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
May 17 2017
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
11)Homeless people are living in the library
Gronk
2017-11-17 04:42:47 UTC
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EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON
1) There has been a numerical decline for four or
more years.
2) The church does not look like the community in
which it is located. The community has changed its
ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic makeup, but the
church has not. Many members are driving from other
places to come to the church.
3) The congregation is mostly comprised of senior
adults. It is just a few years of funerals away
from having no one left in the church.
4) The focus is on the past, not the future. Most
conversations are about “the good old days.” Those
good old days may have been 25 or more years in
the past. Often a hero pastor of the past is held
as the model to emulate.
5) The members are intensely preference-driven.
They are more concerned about their music style,
their programs, their schedules, and their
facilities than reaching people with the gospel.
6) The budget is severely inwardly focused. Most
of the funds are expended to keep the lights on
and/or to meet the preferences of the members.
There are few dollars for ministry and missions.
7) There are sacred cow facilities. It might be a
parlor or a pulpit. It could be pews instead of
chairs. It might be the entirety of the worship
center or the sanctuary. Members insist on holding
tightly to those things God wants us to hold loosely.
8) Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
The members are confronted with the choice to change
or die. And though few would articulate it, their
choice by their actions or lack of actions is the
choice to die.
Churches with four or more of these signs have three
choices. They can embark on a process of change and
revitalization. Or they can close the doors for a
season and re-open with a new name, a new vision, and
some new people.
Of course, the third choice is to do nothing. That
is the choice to die.
Thousands of churches will unfortunately do just
that the next twelve months.
http://thomrainer.com/2017/05/eight-signs-church-may-closing-soon/
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