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How do you save a dying church?

***** Dead Church: Can It Be Turned Around?

Abstract

The paper highlights the characteristics of a dead or dying church and identifies ***** ways that it has developed into such a phenomenon. The necessity ***** ***** dying church is to be revived again by God's grace. ***** initial part of the literature review mainly highlights how ***** church can transform ***** a dying church ***** where ***** the min*****tries and pastors go wrong. The literature ***** is then divided into: dealing with differences, leadership, planning and visioning and transition into ministry. Here the focus is then ***** onto the different elements that were d*****cussed in ***** initial part of the ***** review. A qualitative study was conducted to seek strategies that ***** prevent this problem from spreading. Personal interviews and questionnaires were utilized to gather data and analyzed. Recommendations are that fervent prayer ***** changes in the direction of leadership are implemented as solutions to this problem. We concluded by highlighting what we have already discussed and by ***** how the church can work and achieve consistent ***** hopeful signs for the future.

Introduction

To discuss the concept of ***** ***** church, it is imperative to first understand what a dead or dying church really means and in ***** ways or types ***** ***** exist in a society (D*****h, 2003). ***** dying church b*****sically ***** two main features or *****, these are:

Its endless devotion and willing service to follow the commands and teachings ***** Jesus Christ without paying attention ***** the church's own spread, infrastructure, employees, *****ganization, curriculums and welfare.

The overall organizational growth and expanse of the church is not given importance and genuinely does not matter as long as ***** Kingdom of Jesus Christ spreads ***** expands (Dash, 2003).

***** one takes this particular definition into account then every church ***** exists could be categorized as a dying church. Hence the distinction is made on three different traits which are:

One of the distinctions is very literal i.e. the church is ***** as it is losing mem*****rship, volunteership, etc and ***** services hence wont be utilized as time goes on.

Another distincti***** is that ***** a ***** that on the surface seems to be growing immensely in popularity ***** carr*****s out major ***** and events on a regular basis but is actually ***** clue of its real purpose which is spreading ***** religi***** of Jesus ***** and ***** dying in its ***** only and not existence.

The third distinction is not dependent upon the size and ***** of ***** church but its pure dedication to let God guide them in all their endeavors and sacrific*****g whatever ***** dem*****ed off them ***** his purpose. The church of t***** kind can ***** either small or big, but this characteristic is the only one that determines whether a church will stand the test of *****s or not (*****, 2003).

From the above definition, it can be safely stated ***** churches of all sizes

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