There are Masonic Jurisdictions that have a large population that can satisfy the need of multiple Masonic Lodges in one town or county.
There are also many Masonic Jurisdictions that have very small communities throughout a county that are struggling to meet as required by Code and struggling to do Masonic Work.
The latter is the topic of this discussion.
If you are a lodge who…
- Struggles to muster a quarom
- Struggles with apathy
- Lodge building is falling apart because of lack of funds
- Financially struggling from year to year
- Never sees a Masonic Degree
- Doesn’t have community involvement
Than you are a Masonic Lodge who would benefit from a consolidation.
If a jurisdiction has several lodges in one district that fall into the above example then that one district is very week.
If there are several districts in a Masonic Jurisdiction that fall into the above example then it is an unfortunate situation. The jurisdiction as a whole is not doing their utmost to do Masonic Work.
When is it time to consolidate?
Only a lodge can make that decision as a whole.
But…. If a lodge isn’t doing Masonic Work it is time.
If 3 or more lodges consolidate into one new Masonic Lodge or consolidate into the stronger lodge in the district then the district will have a combined Masonic Lodge of energetic Brothers who were held back by the examples from above.
Think of the future of your jurisdiction.
The question is:
Is a weak lodge helping with the growth of Brothers?