It’s not hard to find a building standing on the side of the road that was once a home to a local business that just couldn’t cut it once the competition opened up down the street.
The abandoned building stands and represents an establishment that couldn’t keep up… Couldn’t change enough to stay open and do what the owner once dreamed it would.
Whether it was because it refused to change or just didn’t have the know how to change, the building is left abandoned and desolate.
So many churches in our world today stand the same fate those buildings are currently realizing.
Without making a few changes and reaching out to the surrounding culture,
thousands of churches are just months from closing the doors.
The sad part about it is that they could flourish.
They could turn what they do into something that keeps people coming AND accomplishes the purpose they were founded for. It just requires willingness, determination, and a knowledge of how to do it.
No matter what you do, don’t lead it toward abandonment!
Don’t allow the bold vision you once had to become a dead dream.
Don’t refuse to change because you’re ignorant of the consequences of staying the same.
Don’t refuse to change because you’re too comfortable staying the same.
Be willing to change.
Be willing to count the cost and hold on to the purpose.
It’s a careful balance, but the rewards are great!
What things do you think contributes to churches having to close their doors?
What keeps churches, businesses, and people from wanting to change?