Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Why Some Denominations Decline

Worldliness, a state of low tension with the culture at large and low demands made on members are culprits that lead some denominations into decline.  Mainline denominations have been in decline since the country was founded.
By contrast, growing denominations make high demands on members, are otherworldly and live in high tension with culture.  In addition, these denominations are entrepreneurial and build thriving churches that respond to the religious marketplace in America.

Read more about how America has evolved from an unchurched country in 1776 to one where 62% are church members in Roger Finke's and Rodney Stark's book, The Churching of America 1776-2005, Winners and Losers in our Religious Economy.

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