giovedì 19 ottobre 2017

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Methodist experience in closing congregations offers lessons to Catholics
NCR
(Peter Feuerherd) Been there, done that. Massive consolidation of Catholic parishes has a familiar ring to mainstream Protestants who have been shedding congregations since the 1970s. Frequently Christian churches celebrate starting new congregations, reaping the benefits of growing, alive churches. "But we have to have an equal conversation about how do we close existing congregations," Darryl Stephens, director of United Methodist Studies at the Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, told NCR. (...)