Ending With Hope

A Resource for Closing Congregations

Media Information:

Categories: Book Collection.
Author(s): Gaede (Beth Ann).
Publication Dates: 2002.
Publisher(s): Alban Institute.
Subject(s): Church attendance and Small churches.
Format(s): Softcover.

Copies in the Resource Center:

  • BV 652.5 .E54 2002
  • Summary:

    Ending with Hope¬†grows out of the understanding that although closing a congregation is in many ways about dying, it can also be about new life. Closing a congregation does not have to be about failure but can be about redirecting resources for new ministry. Contributors represent eight denominations and include more than a dozen pastors, lay leaders, judicatory staff, and others who have “been there” – who have helped congregations through the painful closing process. Resources include models for assessing whether a congregation should close, reflections on members’ and pastors’ experiences during closing, case studies, guidance for deciding what to do with a building, suggestions for selecting and preserving documents and artifacts, rituals for healthy closings, a survey of historical trends regarding closings, and other helpful materials.