Jesus’ church will never die.
But individual congregations are never given that promise. No matter how faithful they may be.
Last week, I wrote a blog post about honoring those who care for congregations as they face the last years or days of their ministry life.
Most of the responses were positive. Many were grateful to have finally been acknowledged for the unsung, valuable ministry they have provided for churches going through such difficult circumstances.
But there were also a few responses that were concerned about what they perceived as lack of faith. As a rule, I let such responses go by without comment. And I’m keeping to that rule now.
So this is not a direct response to those comments, but it is about an issue they raised that I feel is important to address. Namely, why do congregations close, other than sinful disobedience?