Alan Roxburgh nails it: much denominational business today is about managing decline.
However … read his final paragraph:
But amazing opportunity lies before us. Yes, these are disorienting times for judicatories. But there are alternative ways to address our malaise. Just as the Spirit of God was creating new imagination and new forms of life in difficult places (desert and exile), that same Spirit is inviting us to discover new ways of thriving. These are creative times of hope – the narratives of loss, scarcity and decline are not our only options.
Might it be true that decline is our only option if we are tied to old patterns of being church? Do we have a great opportunity to rethink and reimagine, while still remaining faithful to Christ and his gospel?