Read 4 Steps Forward for the Very Sick Church, by Thom S Rainer, at The Christian Post.
"In my previous post, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of the American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented that they would like me to write about possible solutions to the problem.
"I love to be a dispenser of hope. But I refuse to be a dispenser of false hope. The current reality is that most of the churches in this category will not reverse their trends. Again, the process may be long, but it seems so inevitable for many."
Four Broad Categories of Action:
1. The church must admit and confess its dire need.
2. The church must pray for wisdom and strength to do whatever is necessary.
3. The church must be willing to change radically.
4. That change must lead to action and an outward focus.
And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."