There are strategic events in the life of a church which can lead to either growth or decline. The church is at its essence an organism. In fact the church of Jesus Christ is the only spiritual organism in the world. The church is an organism, but it is an organism that requires organization. All organisms go through stages or life cycles. This is true in the life of the local church. Each church will inevitably go through a series of changes. Change is unavoidable, productively managing change is optional.