Inspire 2022 Workshop: How Old Is Your Congregation?

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This post is one of many conversations taking place in anticipation of Inspire 2022, set to happen in Tinley Park (a suburb of Chicago, Illinois) on August 4–6, 2022. Sign up to receive Inspire 2022 emails, which include the latest news on speakers, special opportunities, registration, and more. We hope to see you there!

The T.V. show America’s Funniest Home Videos brought laughter to many people.

One video I enjoy is of a little boy about four-years-old. He is clenching his fists and grunting. His mom asks him what he is doing. His response? “I’m trying to grow older.”

Few congregations want that. We want to grow younger. 

Congregations, like people, age. They have a lifecycle that begins with birth, and if intervention doesn’t happen, it ends with the congregation closing its doors. Throughout a church’s lifecycle, there are critical ways it can act to maintain or restore health. 

The reality is, it's possible to have new, younger people join your congregation and still be old. Younger people do not make for a younger congregation, at least not in terms of the ways we live out our ministry and mission. 

To truly become younger, it is critical to name our present reality, namely, where our church is in its lifecycle.

This Inspire 2022 workshop introduces you to the church lifecycle, helps you pinpoint the age of your congregation, and begin to imagine what you need to do next.

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