Paul writes – Here’s a great quote from Gerald A. Arbuckle.
“The temptation is to be so overwhelmed by these losses [of members, traditions, the way church has always been done, ministers, the loss of dreams and hopes for a church, the draining away of life etc] that our communities become numb and our energies drained by the struggle, either to restore that which has been irretrievably lost, or deny that these losses have occurred at all.
Hence, the need for a spirituality to help us both to cope positively with the death of irrelevant structures and pastoral methods and to move forward with risk and hope into the future.”
I couldn’t agree more; it’s an area that interests me very much.
* Gerald Arbuckle is on the right in the picture.