I preached in a church to a congregation of 6 people not that long ago. Apparently that’s not unusual for them. 10 would be a bumper day. It feels like it’s done, over, dead.
Should that church be closed?
I know of another church with 6 people. It is far from done. It’s alive, vibrant and hopeful.
Should that church be kept open?
Probably the only thing these two places have in common is a building that is a drain on their very limited resources rather than a space which enables them to be what they need to be.
Should they dispense with the buildings?
Church is complicated. It is difficult. Why? Because it involves people. People who have given up and people who are full of hope.