Recently, I have spent a lot of time with churches who are facing transition and struggle. These churches are from a variety of faith heritages and perspectives. So, when I sit down and listen to their stories, I get ALOT of reasons thrown at me as to why they are struggling. Usually, it is couched in Biblical or Theological terms. But really, when you get down to it, almost exclusively the problems come down to one question: Who is in charge?
By the way, Jesus is rarely the answer. People have agendas. They want to know if they will be heard — If they will have a say in the future planning — Who will pick the new preacher— What will the church look like in the future.
Why should I be surprised? Churches are much like every other human endeavor. We have such a desire to control. However, the new post-Christian world in which we live will not reward this kind of behavior.
So, what do we do? How do churches in trouble move forward? Looking for wisdom. (Please no platitudes!)