Five Most Common Developments in Declining Churches as a Result of COVID

Episode #172
November 19, 2020
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We can learn much from positive and negative examples. In today’s episode, we isolate a group of churches in order to examine five common developments in declining churches. 

  • Decline is more pronounced.
  • Closure or merger is more likely.
  • Flaws become more visible or pronounced.
  • Volunteers resign from their ministries.
  • Conversion growth moves toward zero.


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