This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
A dying church is one in which:
Its own growth and health is not as important as its willingness to follow Jesus wherever he goes, whatever it costs. It is willing to turn its back on everything – its building, programs, staff, everything – in order to follow Jesus. Institutional advancement is not as important as Kingdom advancement. The church is not concerned with its own institutional survival. Pastors are not CEOs managing/leading people toward a goal, and plans/goals/numbers/budgets are not the main thing. Following Jesus has been the main thing. The pastor becomes somebody who helps set the pace in following Jesus, but is only a co-follower with the rest of the people.