Steeplejacking, internal coup and hostile takeover. Is your church at risk?
These are not words we typically associate with our church. Yet, the reality is that approximately 80% of churches in America are plateaued or declining and therefore at-risk.
Picture a thriving church – a full parking lot, a lobby filled with family and friends and a powerful worship experience. Now picture that same church struggling to stay alive as over the years leaders have come and gone, the congregation has aged, and the demographics of the surrounding community have changed.
Every week it’s a challenge to pay the bills and keep the church open. Into this picture of discouragement, a new leader appears with ideas for a future that are quite different than the historical values of the church. This person is well-spoken and has all the answers. Before long, the faithful church members are outnumbered and no longer have a say in the direction or ownership of their church. This church has been steeplejacked…it could have been saved with a Church Trust.
The Church Trust
The Kairos Church Trust is our vehicle for Protecting a Church’s Legacy. It’s like doing estate planning for your family. The Church Trust serves three vital functions for “at-risk” churches (see definition of “at-risk” churches):
- A trust preserves the heritage and values for which the church was started;
- A trust protects the church’s assets from either internal or external threats;
- A trust allows the current members of the church, who have faithfully served and given over the years, to determine now what will happen to the assets of the church should it ever close, at any time in the future.