Sadly and, this shows my bias, worship has become (for some) entertainment rather than praise of God which leads to a mission in the world, and not just something that happens in a building.
Solutions? For starters, all congregations need to take a careful look at where their mission funds go. It may be time to weep and mourn as beautifully crafted churches fall to the earth and simpler, more useful buildings rise up, built by modern methods. It is a time to reflect, and think, and take action. Again, I love the grand organs and beautiful structures, but ask if this is where our treasure should be.
There is a place for great edifices. Perhaps merged congregations can enjoy elaborate structures for a while. The time may come when some old mainline churches use space as do the Latter Day Saints, who serve the needs of more than one congregation in their simple and spacious buildings.
Some congregations do well with rented structures, not tying up funds in vast and beautiful religious settings.
If you, the reader, are a church person, you might ask your leadership to give thought to some of these things, and not to flinch before painful truths.
In my earliest days as a rural minister I could take care of a couple of hundred people, drive over 20,000 miles a year, prepare sermons and "set a spell" with a variety of interesting people. I also enjoyed time socializing with the young ministers in churches in my area. I saw changes coming, and often asked myself what I was doing. At least I did not have Twitter, or Facebook or email to deal with. I have seen congregations I once served collapse, perhaps from the weight of the times. Any attempt to revive the past will be futile in the long run.
Perhaps your congregation is trying to hold on, or hold out, when the needs are all around you. Perhaps it is a time to reinvent ourselves, and to realize that an hour and a half on Sunday morning may not be what people want or need.
Posey, a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church, (USA), lives and writes in Charleston.