Resource 1: Move from nostalgia and face an uncertain future

Early aging is the season when congregations lose their empowering vision and try to hold on to the past by emphasizing management. In this place, churches need to find a way to have conversations, move out of nostalgia, and face an uncertain future. Susan Beaumont helps a congregation work this season as she gives wisdom on how to lead when you don't know where you are going. Susan has also done a video presentation for Vibrant's Church Now Conversations.
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Resource 2: Church Now Cafe

The early aging part of the lifecycle is when the old ways of counting what matters no longer apply. Congregational members want to keep counting that way, however, it leads to anger and disappointment. Join the presenters at Church Now Cafe as they talk about creating a new scorecard.

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Resource 3: Early Aging Deep Dive

Take a deeper dive into your early aging/empty nest phase and see what's coming by working through George Bullard's "The Lifecycle and Stages of Congregational Development." Bullard points out how congregations identify important changes in early aging congregations; he also reveals realities you need to know.
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