We had a congregational discussion today about which of three options the church will embrace for the future. I am not tipping my hand - partly because I have no leading from God, just opinions of my own - partly because several members read the blog and I don't want to muck up their decision-making.
But I will pass on what I think is of general interest: closing is one of the options, but many of us do not look at that as a failure option but as a graduation option. I think that is unusual for a church. Closings are almost always seen as failures. I think that in the 21st Century the model of creative destruction, of swarming in one place then another, will become more common. There was something like that in the camp meeting/revivalist era of the Church, though that model in itself doesn't fit the current age.
I don't know if it's my favorite solution of the three, but treating a closing as a positive, taking what we have learned and spreading it more widely, is not what I expected I would even consider. I didn't think I would like it at all.