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Our question today comes from Lance, who is a 10 year member of a church that has been a beacon in his community for the past 15 years, and a solid church for the past 50 years.
“While we are mission-minded, Biblically sound and friendly, we are still operating very much the same way we did 10 years ago when I joined. We just changed one of our services to contemporary (yeah, just now), and that has been successful.
As you can expect, our pastor and staff are attempting to make changes to keep us relevant, and the older generation is resisting.
Everyone I have talked to has said it is simply better to find another church than to go through the pain of trying to move 3,800 members in a different direction when a good percentage just doesn’t want to go. But we are doing good things and I feel God is opening a door for us to continue to be a church strongly used by Him.
So the question is, how can an existing church transition? Do we do it slowly and try to bring as many along as possible? Or do we just do it and take a hit in attendance and giving in the short run?”
What advice can you give Lance? Have you been through a successful church transition? What are some things you learned?