Well, maybe in your darkest moments, in the quietests depths of your frustrated heart, yes, if only to put an end to the struggle and anguish. But on your more common, sunnier days and levels, decidedly no. What you want is to find a way to breathe new life into the faith community you know and love.
Never the less, my 11 years of experience in working with churches that are struggling and dying has taught me that your membership is actively killing their beloved church. Not on purpose, of course! But no less surely despite their good intentions.
I want to share with you a list of 12 common ways church members strangle their churches without even knowing it. I have posted them in two parts, which you can access here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). If you recognize your congregation in that list and want some help to change directions, enter your email address in the request box to the right to get a free, expanded 5-page version of the article that includes links to free online resources arranged by topic. The report will be automatically sent to your inbox.
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