At a conference a few months ago, I heard a pastor say matter-of-factly, in response to a question about attendance decline, “We have been due for a reformation. It happens about every 500 years.” This may sound silly, but there is some truth to it. Churches, as in local congregations, and wider denominations are being forced to rethink everything from how they communicate their values to where they choose to gather. In this article from Faith & Leadership, Shannon Hopkins encourages church leaders to think about what it is to BLESS: Don’t Look Back, Lament, Experiment, Serve, Surprise.