(CC Blogs) Carol Merritt—How do you close a church? When do you start having the conversations?

Posted by Kendall Harmon

My first congregation was located in a diminishing rural area, but after a year, we were growing. We began a youth group. Families and young members began attending. More people started commuting from the larger city to attend the church.

Then the local governing body put a minimum salary in place that was 10k above what I made. I applied for a grant that got me enough money for the next three years, but a struggle at the church arose between those who wanted to “go out with a bang” and those who wanted to hold onto the little bit in the bank account. There was an idea that having money in the bank was going to keep the church alive for an eternity. So I got a better job. (And yes, it was a better job at a more stable church. I don’t want to spiritualize it too much by saying it was God’s calling.)

When I look back, I’m sad about how it all went down. Not to overblow my importance, but it was as if the church didn’t buy the prescription medicine that they needed to live well, because it would cost too much.

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Posted June 19, 2013 at 5:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

I have always said, “There is nothing more contentious in the world than a bunch of white people arguing about money…”

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