The Need for Heritage 21
Across the United States there is a rapid change in church status as many churches planted in the 20th century reach the end of their life cycle and struggle for survival. This transition story is being experienced by many church fellowships, including those of the fellowship of the Churches of Christ. Across the last decade at least one Church of Christ congregation closed its doors every week. While this process is lamentable, it is also natural. Redistributing the assets accumulated by faithful brethren is perhaps the single greatest resource for future church planting, evangelism, and ministry.
The H21 Foundation provides a process and resources for declining or struggling churches to assess their options as a congregation, protect their physical assets, and make the best decisions for their future. While it is our hope that declining churches can be infused with new life and a viable future, that is unfortunately not the most typical outcome. If a church decides its best course of action is to close, the Foundation will provide the church a trustworthy partner to protect and sell its property, help the church celebrate and preserve its history, counsel its people through the emotional pain, assist in finding good church option, and assist with legacy decisions on how to redistribute its church assets in legal and God-honoring ways.