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Dying churches are filled with members who are experiencing loss—loss of friends, loss of ministry, loss of relevance. Today, we discuss several of these pain points found in dying churches.
- Church members often like the way a church used to be more than the way the church is currently.
- Nostalgia is a cul-de-sac. It leads nowhere.
- When members leave a dying church, those who remain often feel betrayed by those who leave.
- The change people in their 70s and 80s have endured in their lifetime has left many wanting the church to be a place that never changes.
The eight pain points we discuss are:
- Anticipatory grief
- Church is connected to major life events
- Friendship patterns are being disrupted
- Some of feelings of betrayal
- The pain of denial
- Loss of stability
- Great confusion and pain related to cultural change
- Often the members respond with anger and resistance to those who try to help.
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