This is a repost of an article found on TheBlueYarn.com and written by Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, the current Conference Minister for the Southwest Conference of The United Church of Christ.. Very worthwhile reading for those of us who see the decline in church participation as an opportunity for renewal and rebirth. (With thanks to Davida Foy Crabtree.)
UPDATE (4/28/2016): The registration for the domain where this blog post was found (Church 3.0 at theblueyarn.com) has expired, meaning that the original article is now unavailable.
I found a review of a Book written by John Dorhauer that covers the same topic, and which was written at about the same time: Review: John Dorhauer, Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World.
Also, Rev. Dorhauer recently left his position as leader of the Southwest Conference of the UCC to become President of the United Church of Christ.