Draw your own conclusions, folks . . .
Please ping the Episcopal / Anglican list.
United Methodists may want try something that worked 2,000 years ago. Preaching Christ crucified and spare us the causes.
I go to the local Church of God. We don’t need to advertise. The place is 3/4 full every Sunday and half full on Wednesday.
Good bye, apostates!
Mainline churches lose 3.5M since 1990, while nondenominational-Evangelicals increase by 8M!
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Yep, the liberal churches are declining. The conservative ones are growing at a very rapid clip.
We recently had a baptism at our very conservative non-denom church (we hold one about every 3 months) with over 50 people baptized at the service.
The Methodist Church and the Catholic Church endorse Sanctuary for Illegal Aliens and Amnesty and preach it from the pulpit - A NO WINNER FOR MILLIONS of Americans...
Many Protestant Churches have policies of minding the personal business of church members, couple counseling, individual counseling with ‘on staff’ counselors. Men like me do not want - nor will be tolerate a church getting involved in my personal or family business... Then there is ‘politics’ - churches should stay out of politics - period...
I want to go to a church to WORSHIP GOD - and nothing else...
And - I believe millions of American men believe as I do - worship God and leave me alone.
So they think their decline is due to their not pushing Liberalism hard enough. It’s hard to believe they could be so stupid.
I wonder if a "24-7 experience" of the religion they're selling at the Methodist Church is anything like the total Christian commitment Jesus had in mind. I suspect maybe not.
These "churches" are the churches of Jeremiah Wright and Killer Tiller.
Beware any member of the National Council of Churches. They all need to die. They are apostate. They are churches, they are left wing political organizations.
African Methodist Episcopal Church
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Alliance of Baptists
American Baptist Churches in the USA
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Church of the Brethren
The Coptic Orthodox Church in North America
The Episcopal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Friends United Meeting
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Hungarian Reformed Church in America
International Council of Community Churches
Korean Presbyterian Church in America
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Mar Thoma Church
Moravian Church in America Northern Province and Southern Province
National Baptist Convention of America
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
Orthodox Church in America
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Polish National Catholic Church of America
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Reformed Church in America
Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada
The Swedenborgian Church
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America
United Church of Christ
The United Methodist Church
You can set out all the tables you want at a potluck, but if you don’t have any food to provide, people ain’t gonna come.
One guess why the Methodist church is shrinking: let’s see, if you’re going to abandon scripture, the only thing that works is name it and claim it, blab it and grab it. People don’t want to sit around and listen to some spiritual pluralists bloviating about bio-diesel behind the pulpit.
Over the same period, the number identifying themselves as nondenominational Christians, the evangelical-style tradition of the megachurches, has exploded, from fewer than 200,000 to more than 8 million.
Explosive growth, the ecclesiastical puffball mushroom :
A red flag. For me anyway.
What if a church was gospel-based and not a left-wing political site?
PREACH THE GOSPEL, LIVE THE GOSPEL. PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO YOUR DOORS.
My conclusion is that each misses the mark. The mainline churches are dying because they have swapped Jesus Christ for Marx and Rawls and similar degenerates.
The megachurches have swapped the Christian gospel for feel-good socializing and whatever sells.
Jesus Christ said it and Bonhoeffer reiterated, that the number of true Christians in the world would always be a small minority, and they could expect to be persecuted. Not much of a PR "brand" campaign is it?
But it's the truth. And this fetish with church growth and numbers reflects a typically American boomer mentality--- great for creating prosperity, for nurturing faith, not so great.
I joined a Methodist Church last year. I helped start a theater group there, and we put on a Christian play at Christmas that was very successful and involved the community. We packed the house for all performances after doing months of rehearsal and involving actors from kindergarteners to older adults.
A few of the liberals in the church (who cared nothing about doing theater there before) decided we had to do more issue-oriented plays. One of the woman in the church transcribed a politically correct children’s book word-for-word and called it a play. I pointed out, for starters, that wasn’t going to work on stage. Another woman said we had to do this play because it was about “tolerance.”
I said that “tolerance” was a meaningless concept. The important question was “tolerate what?” After all, we don’t want our kids tolerating genocide. I was told to shut up.
I thought the whole experience was a microcosm of why the Methodist Church is failing. We had created a meaningful religious theater group. It got trampled to death by the self-worship of liberalism.
Churches that are preaching the Word of God, in depth, are growing. Churches that are trying to be politically correct are dying. Go figure!
We go to a Calvary Chapel here in Nevada and our attendance is skyrocketing.
People are flocking to our Catholic Church.
We just had to install sound and a screen in an adjoining room for overflow crowds. Maybe time to build a new Church or get an assistant and offer more Masses. Our priest is already doing four Masses every weekend.