A link to an article by Baptist colleague. It could have been written about a church in our denomination. Rev. Hyde describes the situation of not just his congregation, but of many, and he is honest about the wear and tear the shift in church culture has taken on pastors and church members.
Our church has followed the pattern Rev. Hyde describes. But right now, our congregation is on the upswing. Whether or not we can continue to be a self-sustainable ministry for years to come has yet to be seen. What has already been seen and done is some really good ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.