Four Models of Dying Churches

September 13, 2016
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Podcast Episode #259


Dying churches is a frequent topic on the blog. Today, we discuss four specific models of churches that can be considered on a path to death.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Without the centrality of Scripture, you don’t really have a church.
  • The natural tendency of a Christian or a Church is to drift away from Scripture.
  • If you look in the mirror and ask the right questions, you will get a dose of reality.
  • There’s a big difference in a country club and a church.
  • The country club church is pervasive in western culture.
  • Church business meetings are typically a time of dread for pastors and staff.
  • A “Bad Words Church” ultimately becomes a toxic church.
  • A lot of churches are metaphorically burning down, and no one is yelling “FIRE!”

The four types of dying churches we discuss are:

  1. The Ex-Bible Church
  2. The Country Club Church
  3. The Bad Words Church
  4. The Ex-Community Church

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