Afellow preacher and I once discussed a church that was struggling with apathy. He remarked, “The only thing that is going to help that church is for them to have a lot of necessary funerals.”
What he meant was that some of the members had a stranglehold on that church and were choking it to death. Until they died, the church couldn’t thrive. I’ve often thought about that statement, and realize now that my preacher friend spoke the truth — but not the kind of funerals he meant.
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Keith Cormier is minister of Southside Church of Christ in Killeen.