What does it look like inside a dying church? Today we cover 11 characteristics of dying churches and how those have changed over the past few years.
Today’s Listener Question:
In the three years since you wrote and released Autopsy of a Deceased Church, what have you learned from church leaders as it relates to your 11 points in the book?
- Dying churches are doing so now at a quicker rate than ever before.
- Urban and suburban churches die at a quicker pace than rural churches.
- If you want your church to look like its community, the leadership must reflect the community.
- So much of what churches do is done just to maintain the organization.
- You cannot pay your way out of the Great Commission. You have to actually do it.
The 11 characteristics of deceased churches that we cover in this episode are:
- Slow erosion
- The past is the hero
- The church refuses to look like the community
- The budget moves inwardly
- The Great Commission becomes the Great Omission
- The preference-driven church
- Pastoral tenure decreases
- No praying together
- No clear purpose
- Obsession over facilities
- Neglect of facilities
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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