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Many churches die a slow and horrible death.
Many just go until they run out of money, they close the doors, and a ‘for sale’ sign goes up outside.
Not the case with First Baptist Church in Fruitland Park, FL. When they determined that they would have to close their doors, they did what many dying churches would never consider: they gave their church property to another local church that was healthy and growing.
You can read the story here. I like that they actually tried church revitalization at First Baptist; but when it didn’t take hold, they admitted it. (which had to be tough for the young pastor who’s ‘not sure what’s next’).
This might be a controversial thing to say (and I might get myself in a load of trouble)… but what would your town look like if some of the churches that should have closed five years ago, actually did… and provided their (sometimes sizable resources to a local church in town that was healthy and growing?
Would this not be a great thing not only for the church, but for the Kingdom?
I can name a zillion reasons as to why this usually doesn’t happen.
What do YOU think?
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