“If we can accept that some churches are going to die; if we can trust the capacity of our faith to sustain us through the grief and the pain that will come every time one does; and if we can shift our strategic approach to these deaths from reactive to proactive (meaning we have to be honest in our assessments with church leaders about their future); then we can have a very different kind of conversation.” p. 27
“There is much more to see in front of us than a dying church. There is more to perceive than the diminishment of resources. There is more to experience than grief. It is time not just to hope against hope, but to discover what there is beyond the horizon of our grief that grounds us in hope.” p. 61
You might enjoy wrestling with this book together as we walk through the Lenten wilderness and claim ourselves to be an Easter people. What does that mean, what does that look like in the context of Church in today’s postmodern world?
Led by Susan Orr, transitional leader and stated clerk.
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