Toward the Better Country: Church Closure and Resurrection

by L. Gail Irwin. Resource Publications, 2014.

This book draws from interviews with clergy and lay leaders from over 40 different churches to form a discussion guide, offering an understanding of the "failure to thrive" and a pastoral examination of grief in closing congregations.


merger and closure checklists, examples of documents and templates closing churches should utilize

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Brainstorm ideas on how congregational resources may be redirected in a legacy project to benefit other communities of faith.
  • Use this as a discussion guide to provide guidance during the difficult discernment process of closing a congregation.

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