Mainline churches reporting declines in membership are United Church of Christ, down 2.83 percent to 1,080,199 members; the Presbyterian Church (USA), down 2.61 percent to 2,770,730 members; the Episcopal Church, down 2.48 percent to 2,006,343 members; the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. down 1.96 percent to 4,542,868 members; the American Baptist Churches USA, down 1.55 percent to 1,310,505; the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod), down 1.08 percent to 2,312,111 members; and the United Methodist Church, down 1.01 percent to 7,774,931 members.
The report mentions the fact that the churches which are growing continued to grow and those that didn’t, well, didn’t. A couple of things to say about that, actually, but I suspect that many simply believe that it as to do with the End Times, etc… The fact is, is that people are changing what they expect out of religion and their understanding of it. But, I’ll leave that to you.
- Evangelical Churches Still Growing, Mainline Protestantism In Decline (huffingtonpost.com)
- FYI – Trends continue in church membership. (jwitness.wordpress.com)
- -2011 Church Membership: No New Trends? (answersforthefaith.com)
- Who is Going to Heaven? Enquiring Minds Want to Know! (pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com)
- Evangelical Ecclesial Communities Continue to Lose Members (trustinjesus.wordpress.com)
- Membership of Pentecostal Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses Up, Protestant Down (abcnews.go.com)