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“We’re not being overwhelmed by the absence of religious instinct. It’s simply changing.”
When he looks at his own denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), he said, he doesn’t see a declining church, but a big, robust, faithful denomination with a great history, great churches throughout the United States and missions around the world.
For 26 years, Buchanan was the pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, one of the nation’s largest Presbyterian USA churches. He was moderator of the PC-USA in 1996-97, the highest position in the denomination.
He retired three years ago as pastor but stayed on as editor/publisher of the Christian Century, a position he has held since 1999. The magazine is a leading voice in what some call Progressive Protestantism.
What will happen if historic churches step out beyond their facilities?
Yes, many constituents will leave, because they are more invested in space than in the faith community. Decades of opening the doors rather than opening hearts and minds to God will bear sour fruit.
Those who stay will feel liberated from the burden of facilities. They will rejoice that their giving supports mission and ministry, not bricks and mortar. They will step up to serve personally.
Community life will be challenging to maintain, but not nearly so challenging as budget and space-use battles. Clergy will do what they originally felt called to do.
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