First published on this website in December 2006 and last updated in December 2014
These notes promote the idea that to close a church service, group or activity is often not failure but the very opposite. To keep activities going that sap energy which needs to be diverted elsewhere is what is wrong.
Eight broad principles are listed to get the right attitude (such as know why you run everything you do, let activities have a fixed shelf life, beware people's ownership of a group or activity).
These are followed by specific advice for how to go about a closure. For example it is best for a whole leadership group to be seen to take the decision rather than one individual leader, always explain why the closure is taking place, be honest if something has failed, and so on.
Finally, there is the idea to close every committee and mid-week group for a three month period to see what you miss.
Here is the link to this item: TN34 - Closing down a church activity.pdf
These notes were last updated in December 2014 with minor amendments throughout the text and an updated reference box.