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For many, the condition of United States congregations and denominations is worse than reported by sociologists. In sundry settings, the decline is now irreversible. See Jim Collins’ research about...

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During the 1950s, a psychiatrist named Murray Bowen created a new intervention for those with family members suffering from schizophrenia. Two decades later, Rabbi Edwin Friedman used Bowen’s...

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On my way to work, I drive by two church buildings. One building used to be the home of a Methodist congregation, the other formerly a home for a Roman Catholic congregation. The people have gone...

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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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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 members' and...

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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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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...

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This practical guide will help clergy and lay leaders through the oftentimes stressful process of closing a congregation. It details pitfalls to avoid along with helpful chapters on how to sell...

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Written for clergy and lay leaders who are considering closing their doors, this resource offers an adaptable decision making process and steps towards providing closure.

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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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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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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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