UK Baptists would do well to listen and learn from Justin Welby. Check out this article in the Guardian headed "Welby bids to defuse Church of England’s ‘demographic time bomb"
When you read comments such as:
The programme – which includes the redistribution of financial resources, training and education, and simplifying the arcane governance of the church – springs from alarm at the steady decline of congregations over recent decades.
“We’re in the last chance saloon,” said Pete Broadbent, bishop of Willesden and one of the architects of Reform and Renewal. “All the demographic evidence shows that, unless we do something in the next five or 10 years, we’re shot. There are those who say this [programme] is alien and who want to dig their heels in, but we’re facing a demographic time bomb.”
please let's not make the mistake of thinking we're immune from exactly the same issues. The time bomb is ticking!