Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The DNA Update for United Methodists - Mid-July 2011

Greetings, Members of Memorial:
I thought to pass on this article and hope to inspire some thought and discussion. I want to direct your attention to the section on "What is the Future of the Small Membership Church?" Though this article does not seem to speak directly to the concerns of Memorial (we don't fit the statistics of what he describes here as a "small membership church"), there are some issues raised in this article that should particularly catch our notice: declining attendance, youth moving away or uninvolved, tight finances, aging congregation. The question is: what are we going to do about it? I mean, other than talk and complain about declining attendance, youth moving away or uninvolved, tight finances and an aging congregation.
I'd welcome your comments and ideas and feedback. Thanks.
Pastor Kenneth Q. James
Psalm 119:33-34
"Let truth, the light of my heart, speak to me, and not my own darkness!"
Augustine, Confessions, Book XII, Chapter 11

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