Churches are Closing. These Four Models are Thriving.

All across America, churches are closing.

According to Thom Rainer of Lifeway Research,

Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year. That means around 100-200 churches will close this week. The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes.

It’s tempting to see statistics like this and start looking for a fall guy. Blame politics, or the internet, or Millennials.

But another approach is possible. Instead of focusing on solving the intractable problem of why churches are closing, forward-thinking leaders will try to learn from models that are thriving.