Because Churches Do Die

Calvary Church ClosingIt could happen to your church as well. The picture to your left is a recent announcement made by a local church. The first sentence reads, “It is with great sadness that I announce the untimely closing of Calvary Community Church.”

The was a church with very nice facilities. The worship center was large enough to accommodate at least 400 people with one service. They had a great sound and technology system, plenty of office and meeting space for groups of classes, plenty of parking, and it was in a great location with lots of daily traffic passing by. I know because I’ve been in the facilities.

But something happened and now the church has announced it’s closing. A church presumably once planted with the vision of participating in the mission of God, now closed.

I don’t know why the church has closed but that really doesn’t matter. What matters is the point . . .

Churches do cease to exist.



Churches are people, not buildings. Churches are living organizations of people and no matter how nice of a facility a church has or even how many facilities a church has (i.e., multi-sight churches), the church is still made up of people. Of course, where people are gathered together as a community, problems arise such as tolerated sin, continued conflict, different visions, lack of leadership, and so on. Whatever the case may be, it’s destructive to the church and eventually will kill a church.

So pray for your church.

Because no matter how great the enemy, Satan, is, God is greater and God is stronger.

So again, pray for your church and pray that the people can be one in relationship with God and one another, as brothers and sisters, together in Christ as his church.

5 responses to “Because Churches Do Die

  1. I don’t know all the ins and outs, but in a way, I appreciate when a congregation says: It’s time to move on. Too many continue to meet while admitting that all they can do is “keep the lights on.” Better to dissolve and join forces with other congregations that are healthy.

    Too many times, self-preservation becomes the main goal of a congregation.

    • While self-preservation seems to be an instinctive posture, it is still focused on self when the gospel calls all Christians and the churches they belong too into a cruciform life where there is death to self. So although self-preservation may seem instinctive, it will never yield the good fruit of mission because such a harvest only comes through the cross.

      That’s difficult to accept for churches but they must learn to trust God, who promises that after the crucifixion there is the resurrection.

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  3. I wish we knew more of the story. I have worked with congregations that I would describe as dying, “self preserving” congregations. It is a slow process contributed to by many factors. But with new facilities, prime location, and everything else… it would seem there had to be a problem with leadership. I think most congregations have some sort of leadership problems, so I wonder how quickly it would take a large church to die given the right conditions. And then I wonder how you prevent it? What it would take for the leadership to see the issues and how to resolve them?

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