Change is hard; brutal even. When done well, people are going to leave. When done poorly, people are going to leave. People ARE going to leave. But here's the thing: people are going to leave if you don't change. No one wants to eat stale bread. No one wants to be a part of something that feels so stagnant that movement isn't just uncommon, but nonexistent.
Pastoral ministry is particularly grueling for those of us driven by a sense of moral obligation serve (and save?) our congregations and communities. We feel a new pressure now that our national politics are in such chaos and turmoil. To top it off, we are dealing with aging buildings, committee structures that rarely work anymore and financial strain that can keep us up at night. So, here is the thing: you can keep trying to survive by DOING ALL THE THINGS. Or you can stop.
Anyone who has ever worked with a college or university knows the importance of determining capacity. It is a key measure of accreditation reviews. But how often and in what ways do local faith communities think about capacity?