How do we Revitalize Declining Churches?

t1larg.emptychurch.tsThis is the question that Southern Baptist denominational leaders have been asking themselves for a few years now.

About 800 to 1,000 Southern Baptist congregations cease to exist annually, largely due to a stagnant vision among the leadership and lack of impact within their communities, says a church planting director. However, church leaders say the closures are often the symptom of a greater problem (read entire article…)

Joshua Hedger, director of Center for Church Planting at Midwestern Seminary,believes, “Churches are closing in large part because they have either become disconnected from culture and, or disconnected from Scripture. When this happens, life leaves the church.”

I’m in total agreement with Mr. Hedger.  I also want to add that some churches simply need to close their doors.  Why?  Because in keeping their doors open they are actually doing more harm than good, discrediting the One who said, “I will build my church.”

If a church dies and a community doesn’t miss it, then it’s death was inevitable.

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4 Responses to How do we Revitalize Declining Churches?

  1. Craig Benno says:

    Jumping on my soapbox here. I truly believe that if the church does its job of loving the community its called to; then the Lord will fulfill his promise to build his church.

  2. Lon says:

    Rather than simply close and feel like and ending, a loss, a failure. Wouldn’t it be better to join with other believers to add resources and gifts? It’s going to happen anyway, why not be strategic about it, and choose what congregation to merge with, even if it’s a different denomination? I posted on this recently here:

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