Since my previous "trends" post (click here to view that post), I have had a chance to do some rough analysis of the financial data.
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You will need to view the PDF version to see the tables and charts, so I will tantalize you with the conclusion ...
My prediction is that if nothing changes the steady decline in our “people data,” the tremendous assets of our property and investments will become an unmanageable burden that will overwhelm the capablilities of many congregations and force their closure as they are unable to cope with building operation, maintenance, and capital repairs and upgrades. We are asset rich and people poor, and our wealth just might be the death of us.
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