Legacy Life Model
Is your church concerned about its survival? Maybe it is time to explore the legacy it will leave in the event of an eventual closure. Organizations, like humans, go through normal stages of life including birth, adolescence, maturity, old age, and death. Healthy people begin to think about a legacy long before their death. Organizations, too, need to plan for their legacy long before the organizational hospice worker shows up. The strange irony is that the earlier legacy thinking is employed the more likely a church will experience organizational redevelopment and resurrection.
To learn more about The Legacy Life Model, download this story about Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon. Brian led this congregation through the stages of their redevelopment and renewal. He is available to your congregation(s) to help you:
• Assess your viability for the future;
• Understand and recognize the signs of congregational grief;
• Discover the heart, soul, and mission of your congregation;
• Identify the physical, financial and spiritual assets of your congregation;
• Formulate a plan that honors the need for both stability and possibility;
• Identify potential and appropriate partners to carry on the congregation’s legacy;
• Partner with you in a journey of letting go and trusting;
• Support and counsel pastors and church leaders in the midst of change;
• Discern what new life God might be inviting your congregation into.