I’ve been through enough ups and downs in different congregations to where I’m getting used to it, which is sad in its own way: Christ’s church is intended always to be moving, growing, taking his word into the world. But alas, there are churches that aren’t.
Thom Rainer has some thoughts on what’s behind a declining church, and it has to do with what’s being made front and center in the congregation. (Hint: it isn’t Jesus.) His excellent article, “The Most Common Factor in Declining Churches,” ought to be required reading not only in ones where attendance and spirits are falling, but in growing ones–lest they make the same mistakes someday. Give a read and let me know what you think.