LOUISVILLE — The Presbyterian Church (USA) has launched a campaign to slow the rate of decline to 5 percent, according to the denomination. “People at the grass roots need hope and motivation,” says a spokesman. “This is a positive goal we can all get behind.” The Minus 5 Campaign aims to lower the attrition rate in spite of the denomination’s continued struggle with moral issues, which has led to even greater exodus of members. Instead of losing 12 to 15 percent of members every decade, the group will now “work in great unity and joy to lose only five percent.” “This is the rallying cry we’ve been needing,” says a pastor in Pittsburgh, Pa. “It’s heartening to people at the local level to know we’re determined not to shrink as rapidly.” •
What if…we launched a campaign to grow by 5%?
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That made my day. Pitiful, yes, but made my day. This is one situation where I would actually ask “What would Jesus do?”
Launching a campaign to grow or at least not lose 5% of membership seems to suggest that we’re in change of growth rather than the Holy Spirit. Maybe God has other plans for us Lutheran and for the PCUSA.