But…The American church is steadily declining.
In a 2002 survey of 1,159 U.S. churches, Rainer’s research team found that only 6 percent of the churches were growing—he defines growth as not only increasing in attendance, but also increasing at a pace faster than its community’s population growth rate. ‘Stated inversely, 94 percent of our churches are losing ground in the communities they serve,’ he says.”
Less than 20 percent of Americans regularly attend church – half of what the pollsters report.
Established churches (40-190 years old) are declining.
“So what is the future of the American church? Does declining attendance mean declining influence? If present trends continue, the percentage of the population that attends church in 2050 is estimated to be at almost half of 1990’s attendance—a drop from 20.4 percent to 11.7 percent. Olson’s projections for the years leading up to 2050 are less than encouraging. He estimates a drop to 16.6 percent in 2010, and 15.4 percent in 2020.”
Average attender meets about 1.6 times a month.
And thus the influence on our culture continues to be lost….