Making Changes in an Older Church: A Real Case Study of a Church That Was Started in 1875

Episode #150
June 17, 2020
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This story comes from a continuous conversation in Church Answers started on June 15, 2019. When the pastor was called to this rural church, the average attendance had declined to 275 and the church had $14 in the bank. The pastor has now been serving for 14 years, and the average attendance is 700.

  • Being honest and loving to the older members.
  • Preparing for a marathon instead of a sprint.
  • Remembering who the real enemy is.
  • Preparing for the inevitability of pain.
  • Recognizing that such turnarounds encourage others and bring glory to God.

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