Larger Congregation Reducing Staff
One of the members at my gym wanted to talk today. Her congregation, Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, has apparently laid off five employees because of declining contributions. A retired pastor of another denomination told me the "Methodome" has also seen a drop in worship attendance recently.
At a meeting this week, a pastor of another church reportedly facing financial stress asked to meet with me in the near future to discuss that situation.
While there are some congregations experiencing increased membership and giving, most are seeing decreases. This is a time to remain faithful.