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Financial Meltdown in the Mainline?
Intentionally provocative, Alban founder and former president Loren Mead s dynamic work sets out dramatic and compelling challenges for today s churches. Mead chose the word "meltdown"-a strong term, indeed-very carefully and consciously. His clarion call urges congregations to direct attention to their dwindling financial resources and their unreliable fiscal practices, a ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published 1998)
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This little volume looks at the current financial state of the mainline church denominations. (Well, current when it was published in 1998, anyway.) It doesn't look good. As membership (and income) has declined, the powers that be have been reluctant to cut back on programs, so now most denominations aren't too fiscally healthy. That's hardly news to me--as a member of small congregations for the past couple of decades, I've come to see budget woes as the status quo. So that part of the book was ...more