dying congregation

The Myth of How to Save A Shrinking Church

The Myth of How to Save A Shrinking Church

“The Mainline Church is dying. Therefore, Preachers, you must do ______ to fix the problem.”

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?