It is a modern reality that mainline churches have been experiencing sluggish membership growth and Sunday attendance along with downward trending pledged income for years. The effect of the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this situation.
With many churches beginning to reopen, there is a renewed awareness of the need to do long-term reimagining and planning on how to do worship, Christian formation, mission-ministry, and evangelism in this almost-post-pandemic world. As resources decline anxiety builds and many churches find themselves facing tough decisions about how to maintain their preferred way of being church. Over time, this anxiety can lead to volunteer burnout, malaise, and even conflict, all of which contribute to further declines in attendance and new membership.
The Partnership For ReNEWal is dedicated to enabling churches of various sizes, shapes, and histories to be agile and resilient in our shifting religio-cultural environment. We do this by engaging with individual churches in a variety of ways so that the divine purpose for each congregation is discovered or re-discovered and then nourished and nurtured, and launched with concrete goals, tools, and support for the journey.