We all rotate through each other’s lives as a matter of course, but at what point is it excessive? When do we stop to ask the reason behind losing close ties? Is it a normal state of affairs if a church loses 75-95% of its attendees within months? Is it normal for a church to lose three of its beloved young ministers in that same time span? Is it enough to just move on? Shouldn’t there be a recognition as to what happened, why it happened and how to keep it from happening again? I’m just asking.

“The elders’ voices rose as they made the point that the reasons for the exodus of ministers didn’t matter. People come and go, and it was time to move on. That phrase became the byword for many future discussions in small groups and from the pulpit. It was time to move on. Rich lowered his tone and asked how long the church had been talking about their mission to double and deepen. He made the point that neither would occur if the ministry kept getting cut off at the roots. His statement about elders having been taken out of the decision-making process stemmed back to the switch to the industrial-complex megachurch format.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 91.)

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