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A Lively Church...


A lively church has parking problems;

                A dead church doesn’t.

A lively church has lots of “noisy” children and young people;

                A dead church is fairly quiet.

A lively church often changes the way things are done;

                A dead church doesn’t.

A lively church sees challenges and opportunities;

                A dead church plays it safe and never takes risks.

A lively church is filled with committed givers;

                A dead church is filled with tippers.

A lively church dares to dream great dreams for God’s kingdom;

                A dead church has nightmares.

from The Story File, by Steve May, editor; Hendrickson Publishers, 2000.