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This Roman Catholic downloadable liturgy template for the closing of a church is easily adaptable to churches of liturgical traditions, and with some creativity, those of non-liturgical traditions....

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This downloadable liturgy from the United Church of Canada is designed to be the final community worship service in a closing church. One of its most helpful aspects is the up-front note at the...

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Rev. Thomas Weitzel has created a church closing liturgy that fits around the structure of a Sunday morning service of Word and Table, and usable in a...

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A Pennsylvania synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has published a comprehensive downloadable guide to closing a congregation. Beginning with theological and biblical...

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Alban Institute publication Ending with Hope is based on the foundational vision “that closing a congregation is a resurrection opportunity to release resources for new ministry” (Preface, vii)....

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Lay leader Linda M. Hilliard and interim specialist Reverend Gretchen J. Switzer created the guidebook they wished they had when together they faced the challenge of closing a historic...

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Written from the front lines of declining mainline congregations that are coming to the conclusion that it is time to close their doors, Michael K. Jones’ Empty Houses is an eminently practical...

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Kairos Legacy Partners self-identifies as an expanding network of experienced Christian leaders whose mission is to safeguard church properties, re-deploy assets of declining churches, and empower...

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Drawn from interviews with clergy and lay leaders from over forty different churches in eight denominations, mainline Protestant pastor L. Gail Irwin has designed a group discussion guide around...

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Some subjects are too uncomfortable for congregations and individuals to discuss because they are “close to home.” The Mennonite Publishing Network in partnership with the Mennonite Church and...

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This downloadable guide by specialized transitional minister Ron Bouwkamp focuses on concrete, practical steps to follow for a church that has already made the decision to close. An initial meeting...

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Inspired by the similarities she observed in the death of her father and the decline of her congregation, Alban Institute writer Glenda Prins provides a deeply pastoral examination of the parallels...

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Contributing editor for Christianity Today Ed Stetzer calls for denominations and churches to begin anticipating and preparing for church closures in a proactive way rather than continuing to react...

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“God bless you. I love you. Goodnight.” These were the words Rich Melheim and his sister heard every night as children, as their mother tucked them into bed. Her blessing was the final act of a...

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One of the most helpful aspects of Episcopal priest Anjel Scarborough’s account of her church’s closure is her depiction of signs of death and resurrection co-existing simultaneously. In churches...

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A New State of Mind is a one-hour documentary unfolding the stories of everyday people. Yet, notables, such as Patrick Kennedy, also relate their recovery journey from mental health challenges....

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