Fatalistic or Realistic ...A look at Congregations
Fatalistic or Realistic
Congregations--once strong in worship, Sunday school, and giving—face extraordinary pressure just to manage the decline. Congregations at less than guidelines for full time compensation/calls to pastors are becoming a majority. Faithful people and faith-filled communities wonder what has happened. Why is it so different now?
This is not a new conversation. The trends, demographics and predictions of almost twenty years ago are now lived out daily in congregations throughout the ELCA, mainline partners as well as almost everybody else.
For the most part congregations, pastors, seminaries, and denominational leaders have held their breath hoping things would be different and, truthfully, they have only gotten more severe. From 1992 forward, the experts in church growth and change “business” published lots of books, held many seminars, and told us if we did THIS then it would all work; in almost all cases these books, models, and prepackaged solutions were unsuccessful in approach or application.
My question is what are you seeing out there? Let’s start talking.