Ending with Hope: A Resource for Closing Congregations

(Beth Ann Gaede). Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

This resource draws insight from 15 different clergy and lay leaders to cover every major aspect of a congregational closing, from outlining the differences and similarities between the experiences of both the pastor and the congregants, to discussing the value of ritual and how to handle logistical aspects.


insight from 15 clergy and lay leaders, decisions and dynamics in closings, stories about closings, and resources for leaders

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


puchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Discuss what to do with the building, and how to manage congregational records and artifacts by reading the resource section of this resource with lay leaders.
  • Start the process of planning for closure by reading the accounts of similar congregations in the story section.

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