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Pastors have been unable to persuade the members to redefine their identity and role. One third-generation church member explained,



“Next month I’ll be 80 years old, and I expect to be buried in the cemetery next to this church. Our responsibility as a parish is to maintain this cemetery.” That is not a high priority among the current unchurched residents of that community.