“To every thing there is a season …
a time to be born, and a time to die.”
Do these words from Ecclesiastes 3 apply to churches as well?
Yes. Churches, like all living things, have life-cycles. According to the book, Legacy Churches, approximately 1% of all churches close their doors each year. That means at least 3,000 churches in America will “die” this year alone.
Some may view this reality as a failure of leadership or vision, when in fact, every church has a life-cycle. Even the first churches planted by the apostles were born, grew and multiplied, declined, and died.
For example, a flourishing mega-church in the 1970’s found itself declining within just one generation. The few remaining members made the sacrificial decision to allow their valuable property to be sold, and with the sale proceeds provide resources to a Christian college to train preachers and establish an endowment fund to plant new churches.
That church’s ‘Legacy’ lives on today as preachers have been trained, and more than 350 new churches have been established in the U.S. and around the world. Since then other churches have followed this model and that Church Planting Endowment Fund now has more than $14 million at work – honoring the past and blessing the future!
The Kairos Legacy Church initiative is our model for helping a church make wise, future-oriented decisions to Leave a Legacy for future generations.