Early Aging

Thank you for completing the assessment. You've made a crucial move in acknowledging your situation. Your insights suggest that your church is probably in the Early Aging stage of its life cycle. Given these results, we encourage you to:
Early Aging is the season when congregations lose their empowering vision and try to hold on to the past by emphasizing management. In this place churches need to find a way to have conversations, move out of nostalgia and face an uncertain future.
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Resource 1:

An Article
Susan Beaumont helps a congregation work this season as she gives wisdom on how to lead when you don’t know where you are going.
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Resource 2:

Listen to this Audio
Vision and imagination go together. As you live as an adult it is also time to let your childlike imagination out. Join the presenter Kris Vos at a Church Now Cafe gathering as he talked about creating a new scorecard.
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Resource 3:

Eearly Aging Deep Dive
Take a deeper dive into your adolescence phase and jump ahead to see what's coming by working through George Bullard's "The Lifecycle and Stages of Congregational Development." Bullard points out how congregations identify important changes in early aging congregations; he also reveals realities you need to know.
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Schedule a brief discussion with Larry to consider potential next steps for your church.

Testimonials from Church Leaders

Churches that have partnered with CLC in taking steps toward a brighter future. Read these testimonials of positive change and hope.

BILL WHITT Lead Pastor | Cascade Fellowship

Pastor Larry helped us sharpen our church's mission and vision statements -- making them more specific to our particular congregation and our particular calling in our unique context. Read More

DEREK ELMI-BUURSMA Lead Pastor | Loop Church

Larry took a genuine interest in our church and helped jumpstart the conversation discerning God's hope-filled future for our community. Larry provided an important structure and helpful frameworks that gave us a starting place in our prayers & conversations regarding next steps. Read More

JIM KIRK Lead Pastor | Geneva Campus Church

The congregational retreat that Larry facilitated for us was just what we needed to prayerfully reflect on our history and calling in this season as a church. Read More

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