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Sep 05, 2017 by Will Maule

Five Valid Reasons A Church Should Close Its Doors For Good

There has been much controversy swirling around Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch, and the alleged closing of its doors in the immediate aftermath of Hurrican Harvey. But with that particular story dying down, it is worth asking 'when is it OK for a Church to close, for good?' This is precisely the question Christian blogger Carey Nieuwhof tackled in a recent blog post. He highlights four valid reasons for a Church to close its doors. 

1. The Real Mission Is Lost
"When survival becomes a church’s real mission, you’ve lost the mission and the end is near," writes Nieuwhof. If you are just going through the motions, with no real desire to see the central mission of your Church restored, it could be time to call it a day. 

2. The Church Cares More About Itself Than The People It’s Called To Reach
Churches need to constantly be reaching out to the lost, not just pandering to their current members "So many churches are so consumed with the preferences of their members that they have no heart for their non-members. And yet the church is one of the few organizations on the planet that exists for the sake of its non-members," writes Carey. 

3. Its Members Hate The World
Jesus commanded the Church to love the people of this world. If Church members batten down the hatches, show heart-level contempt for the world, and refuse to follow His instruction, what is the point of carrying on? "When a church behaves like it hates the world, it should never be shocked that the world doesn’t flock to embrace it," writes Nieuwhof. 

4. Preserving The Past Is More Attractive Than Embracing The Future
It is very easy for a Church to become stuck in its ways. But this can be toxic. A lack of forward-thinking can spell the beginning of the end for the Church. "When your fondness for what you used to do is greater than your passion for what you’re going to do, you’re in trouble," highlights Carey. 


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