Podcast Episode #337
These eight signs are almost always evident in churches that are on their way to death. Does your church exhibit any of these?
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Blogs create fans, podcasts create family.
- Four consecutive years of decline indicate a problem that must be addressed.
- If your congregation is mostly senior adults, you’re only a few funerals away from closing the church doors.
- Don’t sit and expect younger people to come to your church. You have to work to connect with them.
- In churches that are on their way to death, members often fight fiercely for their preferences.
- One of the most sacred cows in dying churches is the parlor.
The eight issues we cover are:
- There has been a numerical decline for four or more years.
- The church does not look like the community in which it is located.
- The congregation is mostly comprised of senior adults.
- The focus is on the past, not the future.
- The members are intensely preference-driven.
- The budget is severely inwardly focused.
- There are sacred cow facilities.
- Any type of change is met with fierce resistance.
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