In this post, I am only quoting two men in the field of church growth and one thing they each have said.
The first is Dr Steve Greene who wrote:
“I reluctantly agree with some who believe that many church plants aren’t from the Lord. Sometimes we all miss God’s will. But once started, I don’t believe in my heart that God would favor closed doors and scattered sheep.
God’s work never fails. Leaders fail. But God restores failures.
Reorganize. Try a new way forward. Pray without ceasing.
Closing a church is a much more difficult decision than closing a business. The impact is spiritual.
We need to be very careful about declaring the work of any church as dead.
Especially as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus!”
Robin here: The second quote if from Thom Rainer who said:
“Avoid merging with another struggling church. An unhealthy or dying church merging with a similar church does not equal a healthy church. At best, it prolongs the inevitability of death from taking place.”