Church Closings

Take a look at the article in World magazine (October 29, 2005 issue) about church closings.

Get ready, America. Get ready for the huge collapse from within that is soon to result in the locking of hundreds and then thousands of church doors across our country—all from the inside.

The trend is already well under way, of course, in Roman Catholic circles. In Boston, in Toledo, and in St. Louis, parishioners are protesting, but to no avail. They don’t buy their bishops’ arguments that priest shortages, dwindling finances, rising maintenance and utility costs, and shifting populations are forcing once familiar facilities to be boarded up. From the vigor of the protests, you’d think that hundreds of thousands of folks had been displaced‚Äîbut it was the emptiness of the pews in the first place that produced the phenomenon.

Mainline churches, like the Methodist church in my own neighborhood, will not be far behind. Denominational treasuries simply aren’t up to the task of sustaining ministry personnel and facility upkeep for neighborhood “franchises” that can’t carry their own weight. When the 25 elderly people who gather now each week dwindle to a dozen, someone will have to pay the piper. And someone will have also to figure out who will mow the lawn of the church that isn’t being used anymore.

And then‚Äîsooner than you think‚Äîit will be the turn of the evangelical churches as well. Thousands of them, too, are teetering on the edge of their existence. Stick your head in the door on a typical Sunday, and see how many children are around. If you were a regional manager for McDonald’s, you’d close the place in a jiffy. Except for the grit and determination of a few old stalwarts, it would already have happened. But there’s no promise for the future.

Go to your Google search engine and enter “church closings.” This morning I got 508,000 responses. A few of them had to do with finding out who was closing in case of snow or ice. Most of the entries, though, are about a much, much worse storm that is brewing.

Another reason I hope to start DonateChurch.org as a place for dying churches to plant their seed into new church plants. Kind of a classifieds for new churches who are growing to find dying churches and the reverse. More to come…

9 Comments

  1. I hope Donatechurch comes together and puts buildings in the hands of churchplanters; the need is so incredibly huge. We can’t escape it!

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  2. Bruce,

    That is the prayer. Kaleo could sure use it about now. I’m working on the DonateChurch.org site now…

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  3. drew,

    i’m seriously praying for donatechurch. will a church be abled to put in a “building wanted” add?

    michael

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  4. michael

    Yup. That’s the plan

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  5. Please help! I am looking for churches who have won their appeals. I am compiling stats and reasons.

    Please help! I also want the biggest cases where injustices were done….for example, churchs operating in the black, with cash in the bank, increasing church attendance, etc.

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  6. hi, i’m trying to track down dates and locations of churhc plant closings over the last few years,, i’m hoping ot make an interactive map to include in a new video i’m going to be making.. if you know where i can find this kind of data, that woudl be great- thanks- andy

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  7. Don’t delay. I would like to find a church that needs someone who knows what it takes to grow a church. Someone who looks from the outside in. No youth, nothing but blue hair set in their ways, refusing to yeild the fact that they are dying( in more ways than one). You find me a church, I will grow it. God told me I could!!!

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  8. Love what you’re doing. Pastoring a good church in LA and interested in church planting.

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  9. CHURCH CLOSINGS AND HIJACKING CHURCH PROPERTY IN THE NAME OF JESUS

    Since you write about church closings, you should be alerted to the following report.

    Blessings
    James Sundquist

    UPDATE: Christian and Missionary Alliance, headquartered in Colorado Springs files contempt of court charges against Christian Firefighter Pastor of Paramus church.

    Bruce Terpstra and Metro District of the C&MA must be desperate for cash to pay their attorney for suing their brothers and sisters in Christ, you can’t help but ask yourself what other churches in the C&MA are going to get sued, so that each C&MA District needs to tap the churches in their district for more funds so they can sue more churches to get their property and bank accounts…funds that might even be used to go after their own church. Imagine the saints in these churches having the privilege of contributing tithes and offerings so that that money can be used to sue the very people contributing the money for their own demise..i.e, fund your own suicide Kevorkian style. Can’t help but wonder what kind of shepherd (pastor) would stand by and allow the C&MA to hijack their church or simply just turn over the keys. You also have to ask, how many members who are not pastor or C&MA official workers, know about this, or were publicly informed by their pastor or C&MA District Director?

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    MERCHANDISING MEN’S SOULS, Part 1
    http://www.theperfectpeaceplan.com/post/merchandising-mens-souls-part-1-host-larry-spargimino-guest-james-sundquist-january-23-2012/

    Host: Dr. Larry Spargimino
    Guest: James Sundquist

    Did you know that occult and New Age authors boldly brag that the human founding fathers of Psychotherapy and Psychology received their understandings from “familiar spirits”? Did you know that some pastors today are taking over churches and church bank accounts and then selling the land and the church? James Sundquist, author of Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church? and Rick Warren’s Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, and David Bay reveal how the Emerging Church and Purpose Driven Church movements are destroying Christianity in the United States.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    MERCHANDISING MEN’S SOULS, Part 2
    http://www.theperfectpeaceplan.com/post/southwest-radio-watchman-on-the-wall-interview-of-david-bay-on-making-merchandise-of-mens-souls/
    Host: Dr. Noah Hutchings

    Guest: David Bay

    Did you know that occult and New Age authors boldly brag that the human founding fathers of Psychotherapy and Psychology received their understandings from “familiar spirits”? Did you know that some pastors today are taking over churches and church bank accounts and then selling the land and the church? James Sundquist, author of Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church? and Rick Warren’s Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, and David Bay reveal how the Emerging Church and Purpose Driven Church movements are destroying Christianity in the United States.

    ***

    Sincerely in Christ,

    James Sundquist
    Director
    Rock Salt Publishing
    http://www.theperfectpeaceplan.com

    Reply

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