Closing the Back Door of Your Church

Congregations in the New Church, as with many denominations, are currently experiencing significant decline in worship attendance.  There are specific things a pastor and congregation can do to reverse that trend.  Closing the Back Door is a paper (click on the colored text to download) that I offered to the General Church Clergy in June, 2017 that looks at key factors that cause many of our most talented participants and younger members to drop out and walk away from organized church.

The paper notes that people in today’s world engage in church looking for rich community, meaningful participation, service opportunities, and rich dialogue exploring faith and life.  when a church fails in any of these 4 sectors, the congregation experiences decline.  Churches that currently experience decline can take a serious look at which of these 4 areas it is weak in.  Strengthening any of these areas will strengthen the organization.

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