Pastor Kevorkian

This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”

Dan commented below:

What about euthanizing churches?  A couple of times I have seen (including first hand) decisions to euthanize an existing church, often in order to pool resources with other dying churches and create something new. I find that this sort of decision is incredibly brave and inspiring from churches – particularly where people have a strong connection with the history of the place.

I pastored a church for seven years that was really too small to sustain. I tried to lead them to consider this very thing, but they weren't interested. I went back a couple of weeks ago to their 74th anniversary. They're still getting by, and the pastor mentioned a few times how great it is to still have the doors open. I'm just not sure anymore that keeping the doors open is a valid reason for existing as a church. I'd be curious to hear of any stories of churches that willingly took the step of dying, not because they had to, but because they felt God was calling them to.

Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada