Building Resilience & Spiritual Grounding for Justice Makers
5 Signs of Congregational Decline
Mission/Vision/Planning, UUA Districts & Regions

Research tells us that only 2% of congregations in the US are growing by 5% or more a year, which means the vast majority of congregations are either barely growing, treading water, or actively declining. Do you know where your congregation fits in? This workshop covers the five signs of congregational decline and offers some strategies on how to address them.

Resources on Congregational Decline

  1. Lack of Vision (Antidote: Mission)
  2. No Clear Path (Antidote: Faith Development)
  3. Complex Structure (Antidote: Simplicity)
  4. Inward Focus (Antidote: Social Action, Social Justice)
  5.  Leadership Fatigue (Antidote: Effective Ministry)

Additional Resources

Webinar originally presented January 2010

About the Author

  • Phillip Lund has almost twenty years experience serving congregations in the areas of faith formation and spiritual growth, first as a religious educator in Bloomington, Indiana, New York City, and Chicago, Illinois, and most recently as a congregational life consultant working for the...

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