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One Church’s Demise Enables Planting 20 New Ones

ESTES PARK, CO (June 29, 2011) – Even though Congregational Covenant Church in Waltham, Massachusetts, closed this year after 130 years of ministry, they will continue to impact ministry for decades to come as a Living Legacy congregation.

Funds from the sale of the building will be used to plant at least 20 churches, Howard Burgoyne, East Coast Conference superintendent told delegates to the 126th Annual Meeting. His remarks came during this morning’s business session.

The church had struggled for years to reverse its numerical decline, “but a church cannot live for long in a holding pattern,” Burgoyne said. He noted, however, that in recent years that church had engaged in an “all-in” attempt to revive its ministry.

Ultimately, the attempt was unsuccessful, but the remaining members were committed to furthering the gospel. “The church closed with dignity and grace,” Burgoyne said.

Its final service on November 21 was packed with people. That day included communion and the final confirmation service.

Burgoyne said sale of the building should be finalized in July. Click here to read a previous story on the church.

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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