DropOut phase of the Life Cycle:

 

  • People begin to drop out of ministry positions.
  • Ministry positions often not filled.
  • Worship life is full of precious memories, homecomings, and anniversaries.
  • Congregation afraid to take any risks that might diminish the precious few resources it has left.
  • The most significant numbers counted in old age congregations are the number of funerals, the number of people who are home-bound or in the nursing section of senior adult housing.
  • As long as resources are available, old age congregations have the ability to survive long past any viable pro-active ministry life.