As religious affiliation decreases, congregations worry what to do in the face of decline. Susan Beaumont, leadership expert and former Alban consultant, explains four factors that keep congregational leaders from adapting. Then she calls for learning and innovation. Beaumont references the Pew Research Center and the Harvard Business Review to explain key trouble areas: wrong metrics for success, fear of failure, lack of reflection, and generalities from outside experts. This article motivates leaders with guiding principles to avoid common mistakes during decline. Readers will need to contextualize these principles to take action. Mainline traditions will most benefit.
Reviewed by Kate White