For the first time since the dying process began, the remaining members say they are more open to new ideas and change. But their words are more words of desperation than conviction. They now see the handwriting on the wall. Their church will soon die.
The church becomes another sad and tragic statistic. At best, the church deeds its property to a healthy church. The process from denial to death in the recent past would take as many as thirty years. Today, the process is much shorter, ten years or less.
Churches have broken free from the death stages, but they are rare. And the longer the church waits to make substantive changes, the more difficult it becomes to reverse the path. It’s significantly easier to make changes at stage one than stage four.
Also, keep in mind that nearly nine out of ten of the churches that die are in communities that are growing.
The problem is not a shortage of people. The problem is a shortage of courage, commitment, and sacrifice.
This article was written by Thom Rainer and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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