As I drive past boarded-up churches, I am more convinced than ever that many congregations could afford to revisit their neighbor ethic.
What happens when a congregation's ministry is something we can't see without a rearview mirror?
Perhaps when we plant congregations, we should plan on starting two: one that lasts and one that doesn't.
Churches need new thinking—on the part of denominational executives, pastors brave enough to walk into challenging situations, and people willing to let go of a church model that no longer works.
When it’s time for a church to close
Each day in the U.S., nine churches close their doors for good. This isn’t news—but it’s hard to talk about when it’s your church.
How institutions can die well
Will Campbell once held a funeral for a town. This odd act showed how the practices of death and dying aren’t just for individuals.
What’s left when a church closes
"The church is not a building," says the song. Yet most churches have walls, a basement, and decades of accumulated accoutrements.