The struggles of struggling churches

Jay Voorhees has a long post about (second in a series) connectionalism. At the end, he meditates a bit on the disconnect between our connectional language and our actual practice.

Instead, we have the rhetoric of connection while maintaining a covert sense of congregationalism. That is why we can have four United Methodist congregations within a square mile, all of whom are struggling to pay for buildings built in different times, all of whom have been either simply maintaining or declining, and all of whom believe that THEIR church shouldn’t be shut down. While we should do everything we can to facilitate transformation, there are times when understanding ourselves as connected in a deeper way would open up the space for conversation on the viability of those congregations, and how these congregation might work cooperatively to bring forth God’s kingdom on earth. Instead, we keep these congregations on life support out of a fear of alienating church members.

And Guy Kent, in his own style, writes about the limited imagination of those who look to the higher ups in the denomination to bail out the local church when it is clawing  for survival. As the parson is unquotable, I have no quote for his post. Just go read it.

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