The church will never die. I’m confident of that.
But the church as we know it… the structure, the organization, the institution… in other words, the manifestation of the church… that is undergoing a massive shift. Some have their foot on the brake. Some have their foot on the gas. Some are asleep in the back seat. Others are just watching it go by like a curious antique car.
I’ve attended a couple of “church funerals” where the church in question was officially and ceremoniously closed. I found them very sad. The last church I pastored is no longer the same church. It was proclaimed “dead” and symbolically reopened with another name. That is sad. But that’s not the church. Just a church.
No… the church is here to stay. How it will look, who’s to say?
Can you identify the body?