I learned a great deal about dying institutions there. The church was once the center of a prosperous community, but it’d changed over the years as the demographics shifted. The few remaining members, of what was a 1,200 member congregation in its heyday, were the remnant of what was once a powerful movement of God. The mostly elderly group were left to guard the pitiful ashes of what was once a glorious fire.
The church is now closed for good. That’s sad. There could still be a vibrant witnesses in that community. Here’s the thing, once people become guardians of history, instead of torch bearers for a vision, they lose relevance and their fate set. It’s only a matter of time.
Take Away: Past victories are no guarantee of future successes.