Having come from a meeting today where church attendance figures were submitted, this article by Karl Vaters makes some helpful points. While there is an average number of people attending a church, in reality attendances can fluctuate between, say, thirty-five an sixty people. That difference makes a significant change in tone, and, realistically, most weeks …

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This is a heart-achingly sad feature article by Garry Maddox on Fairfax about the Olympia Milk Bar (Parramatta Road, Sydney) and its owner. The Milk Bar was forced closed by the local council due to severe structural problems in the building, along with other signs of disrepair. And yet, within the milk-bar that never opens …

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“They thought their business model could just roll out.” I’ve watched forty years or so of church ministries franchise themselves as the future of the church without having the humility or awareness to realise that they were a lot more dependent on local circumstances and personalities than they thought. “The company said that it would …

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If you’ve talked to folk in churches that have a culture of decline they generally all agree there’s one reason that caused it and one solution to fix it: their pastor. They seem oblivious to every choice they make as a church that cultivates decline, and wistfully yearn for the person who will see people …

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