Perhaps when we plant congregations, we should plan on starting two: one that lasts and one that doesn't.
Two churches in my town offer a contrast in style, substance, and mission. We both love Jesus and long to love our neighbors.
Mercy Junction has a dedicated group of people, but it's not financially self-sustaining. Recently, it started managing a large church building.
I learned in seminary that a church is a place where we proclaim the word and administer the sacraments. I’m now learning there’s another criterion: financial sustainability.