Katie Bean is a freelance journalist based in Kansas who loves telling stories of leaders across disciplines.

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Want to Combat Climate Change? Don't Tear Down Your Church.

An aerial view of Ascension of Our Lord Orthodox Church in Karluk, Alaska, on Kodiak Island. (Courtesy photo)

In the United States, many church congregations face tough decisions about their future—and, to an extent, the future of the planet. Demographic changes over decades have led to many congregations becoming older and smaller than they once were. In many cases, that can leave a handful of people taking care of a large, older building in need of often expensive upkeep and repairs.