The reason churches die has always been quite simple. Too many members are in love with their church, as opposed to being in love with Jesus. That coldness is transferred to visitors when they arrive. This book examines that in depth.
Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Kepp Yours Alive
December 1, 2014
I am still reading it but from what I can see this book is a good one to follow if you can just get others to listen to the suggestions... If it is God's Will, HE will motivate the people that are left and grow a church that is alive and well... otherwise the church will just be transformed into a social hall of people going through the motions of church and getting more fellowship in eating places.....
This book is a reality check for any Christian faith. I purchased one for each of our Elders, Deacons, and ministers. The conclusions from this book should affect the prayer life or your congregation to its financial decisions. Of course as one reviewer stated, you may not agree with all the conclusions, but it will make you think twice even about it.