Dennis Bickers says, "Throughout the book we will see various reasons why smaller churches resist change, but we might as well admit now that transformation will not occur in some churches that are near the end of their ministries. Perhaps the kindest thing that could be done for these churches is to honor their former ministries and allow them to die their natural deaths."
Has anyone actually experienced or heard of a church that saw the writing on the wall and died their natural death?
I've heard quips through the years about how none of the Church gatherings talked about in the New Testament exist today. And of course, we know that every Church gathering is not guaranteed lasting existence.
The only stories I have ever heard of are ones about new Churches gatherings and how they are going to change the world.
I want to hear about the opposite end of the spectrum.
For some reason I think it matters.
Perhaps needless to say, Bickers words seem crass.