3 Options When Your Church Is Dead
The local church I am a part of is the furthest thing from dead. That doesn’t mean I think it is perfect, but it is definitely not dead. However, I have been part of a dead church or two. As I have thought about being part of these dead churches, there seems to be three options of what to do when you realize the fellowship you are part of is dead.
STAY WITHOUT HOPE
This may be the hardest option. You resign yourself to the place that you don’t think that it will ever get better. You don’t think things will ever get better.
Why would you stay in this situation? There could be many reasons. Loyalty. Family. Responsibility. There are surely more reasons than I can think of.
STAY WITH HOPE
Here you believe that if God could raise Lazarus from the dead, He can do so with your church. And it’s true. However, it can be very demoralizing when you don’t see any realization to the hope you have.
Why do you stay? Because you believe if just one or two things happen, the Lord will bring your church back.
This may be the most dangerous because you can fool yourself into thinking great things are just around the corner. Too often, it’s not.
This should, actually, be your last option. You should leave when you have carefully considered options 1 and 2. In fact, you may go through periods of options 1 and 2 before reaching this point.
Here’s the key to this one. Once you realize that it’s time to leave, leave. Get out. Don’t drag it out. Make haste. It will be easier on you and it will be easier on the church you are leaving. Don’t do anything that will cause trouble. Don’t take parting shots on your way out. Get out. Get busy looking for a church that is alive.
Have you ever been part of a dead church? Did you stay for a while? What caused you to stay? What made you finally leave?
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