When you get anxious reading this, pray.
A Message from the Transition and Call Committees
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7
We want to start out with saying right away that the information we are going to share with you in the next few pages caused anxiety in our committees. In the transition interviews and the Spring Forward While Looking Back Celebration, many of you have talked about the “good old days” when All Saints was flourishing, attendance was high, children attended Sunday School in masses, and the longevity of the church wasn’t a thought. In those same interviews, we talked about the best parts of All Saints, where our passion, time, and money go within All Saints, and what we want for the future. Many of you shared concerns about the shrinking numbers – less attendance, less programs, and less money to support our budget. We reveled in the wonderful parts of All Saints and quietly absorbed the downfalls. As we combined answers from our congregation members, we agreed that we can’t continue all things as they have been. But, how do we revitalize and will we be successful?
It is possible, but we have to be proactive in prayer, self evaluation of church and ourselves, and we can’t be complacent in taking action.
The Transition committee discussed the signs of decline at All Saints prior to reading “Autopsy of a Deceased Church” by Thom S Rainer. However, this book revealed more than we anticipated. In the following pages, we will share what we learned. We ask you to pray deeply. If you’re at loss for words, find time to be still and ask God to join you.
God cares for you. He knows what is on your heart, and will be with you.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
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