How do you want your church to die?
I’m serious. It’s not a facetious question.
Trust me. Your church is going to die someday. Maybe not today or this week or this month or this year. Maybe not even this decade. But it will die someday.
God never promised any church that it would live forever.
Every church has a life cycle: it is conceived, it is born, it grows, it reaches stability, and eventually, it starts to decline and die. For some churches that cycle may take 300 years, for others it might take 30, for a few it might take 3.
Sometimes churches decline and die because they lose their purpose. Others decline and die because they fall out of love with their neighborhoods. Still others decline and because the communities in which they lie and move and have their being are declining and dying. [Read more…]