Big Questions for the Church this Lent
Big questions bubble back to the surface as we begin to anticipate eventual reemergence. We’ll be reintroducing ourselves to the community and reengaging with the Vital Congregations Initiative. Brian Heron is Presbyter for Vision and Mission of Cascades Presbytery. He offers some big questions for us to ponder the Sundays in Lent. For the whole blog post click here. Here’s the question for Lent 3:
Mar. 7 – Small and strong? Small and fragile? Large and uncertain? Church consultants are seeing three patterns emerge. 1. Smaller churches with a high percentage of engaged people don’t seem to be as impacted by the pandemic. 2. Smaller churches which were already feeling fragile before the pandemic are reaching the point of crisis. 3. Larger churches (over 250 in attendance) may experience 20-30% drops in attendance as those churches typically have higher proportions of nominally engaged members. Do you see your church in one of these three categories? If so, what does it mean for you and your ministry as you plan for the future beyond 2021?