“The Mainline Church is dying. Therefore, Preachers, you must do ______ to fix the problem.”
Depending on the article or workshop, the blank is to be filled with everything from firing up the congregation for programs to creating liturgies with relevance to preaching biblical literacy.
These stories suggest that “it” is simply waiting for each of us to imitate or discover. If only we find “it,” the congregation will revive. It’s up to us to keep looking for “it,” and if the church doors close in the meantime, we are responsible for not finding “it” in time.
Of course, pray a lot and rely on the Holy Spirit.
But in truth, most messages imply it’s really up to us.
Wow. That’s a lot of responsibility. But is it truly ours? What exactly, is our responsibility here?