I do ask that you be in prayer for the local churches throughout this great country of our's, because they are closing every week. I just heard last night about another that closed and there are several more that I am deeply concerned about. I hope you are asking yourself at this very moment as you read this, "Why? Why are they closing?" The simple answer is because the congregations have simply stopped caring about true fellowship and doing the work for the Lord. In John 6:63-66 we read "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
Another problem with the small, local church is that the pastor is more than likely "burned out" and needs encouragement; problem is, where does he get the encouragement that he needs? I suggest from the other pastors in his area. He also needs the congregation that he has been called to lead to continue to pray for him, daily and to let him know that they are.
I'll leave you with this truth, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." -Hebrews 13: 5-8.