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How do you save a dying church?

The Dead Church: Can It Be Turned Around?

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

Introduction

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

***** endless devotion ***** willing service to follow the commands and teachings of Jesus Christ without paying attention ***** ***** ********** own spread, infrastructure, employees, organization, curriculums and welfare.

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

If one takes th***** particular definition into account *****n every church that 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 ***** ***** it is losing mem*****rship, volunteership, etc and it services hence wont be utilized as time goes on.

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

The third *****on is not dependent upon ***** size ***** popularity of the church but its pure dedication to let God guide them ***** all their endeavors and sacrificing ********** is dem*****ed off them for his purpose. The church of this kind can ***** either small or big, but this characteristic is the only one that determines whether a church will stand the test of times or not (Dash, 2003).

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

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