Today I came across a news item about a congregation I served in Ontario from 1995 to 2003. They have closed down in two ‘spasms.’ It is quite an odd thing to read of such a demise. There is a sense of nearness and grief mixed with a sense of distance and relief. Odd.
Here’s the story: Forest CRC closed
I fully agree it is time for a new paradigm for small churches in our denomination. Guess what? I even have some ideas! Some other day…
A little later that same day an internet acquaintance and colleague posted some very insightful thoughts about the struggles of small church on a discussion list. It is worth a careful read. Here is the link: Paul VanderKlay on small CR church problems. Here is a better link to where he later posted it on his own blog: Small church problems