2016: Accelerated decline of 100,000 American congregations and rise of the mini-denomination church

Trending 2016: Accelerated decline of 100,000 American congregations and rise of the mini-denomination church

  • The rise of the mini-denomination church.
  • Increased pastoral tenure.
  • Rise of alternative ministry placement organizations.
  • Increase in the number of Millennials who are Christians.
  • Accelerated decline of 100,000 American congregations.
  • Churches no longer viewed favorably by many governmental units.
  • More bivocational pastors and staff.
  • Dramatic changes in senior adult ministries.

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54 Responses to 2016: Accelerated decline of 100,000 American congregations and rise of the mini-denomination church

  1. Troy Day
    Troy Day July 17, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    This is the study showing WHY our AG is declining since 2016 Terry Wiles Michael Ellis Carter Jr.

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 10, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

      more fake propaganda by Strang? It is declining in the US – stats show more and more cultural Christians

    • Gary Micheal Epping
      Gary Micheal Epping July 10, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

      Written by J. Lee Grady, who has written there for over 20 years. He quotes statistics too.

    • Jed Smock
      Jed Smock July 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

      Gary Micheal Epping He has been writing about Christian issues for a long time I think he has a good grasp on what’s going on.

    • RichardAnna Boyce
      RichardAnna Boyce July 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

      Troy Day yes, but there is no US in heaven; maybe we will be speaking Chinese there? 🙂

    • Jed Smock
      Jed Smock July 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

      Sometimes Christians get to talking about the church like Jimmy Carter talked about America being in a “malaise.” Reagan came along he still had a vision for American greatness. Now we have Trump determined to keep America great. He strikes the right tone for an American revival. We need to strike the right tone for the church to continue to move forward. Trump once told a group of pastors, “You don’t know the power you have.” Trump was able to tap into that power. However, as long as we think we are declining or dying, who will want to get aboard on the Church Train like they are getting on the Trump Train?

    • RichardAnna Boyce
      RichardAnna Boyce July 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

      seriously, i personally believe many Christians were born again and received eternal life, when they read John’s Gospel, having never been to a Christian church. But then they look for a church that teaches believe only; but can’t find one because they have added on repentance or persevering as a condition of believing. So they evangelise and start unofficial home groups.

    • RichardAnna Boyce
      RichardAnna Boyce July 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

      Jed Smock How to empty a church amongst USA former friends and allies overseas.

    • Jed Smock
      Jed Smock July 10, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

      RichardAnna Boyce I am sorry but I don’t understand your point.

    • RichardAnna Boyce
      RichardAnna Boyce July 10, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

      Jed Smock you mentioned Trump culture for making USA churches great again; but amongst USA former friends and allies overseas it would empty churches. Maybe a Bush junior culture would fill them.

    • Jed Smock
      Jed Smock July 10, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

      Pardon me, but statement about “Trump Culture” are you referencing. How would W’s “culture” fill churches overseas. Overseas is a large area. Do you mean Europe? I am sorry I still don’t get your point.

  2. Troy Day
    Troy Day July 11, 2019 at 7:41 am #

    Gary Micheal Epping dont trust char-mag on any of their stats

    • Gary Micheal Epping
      Gary Micheal Epping July 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

      I have read J. Lee Grady’s columns since the nineties and find his reporting to be accurate and informative.

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 12, 2019 at 6:33 am #

      Gary Micheal Epping his – yes maybe most of the time but the rest? STRANG has a strange agenda indeed

    • Gary Micheal Epping
      Gary Micheal Epping July 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm #

      J. Lee Grady does not work for Strang. He is freelance, but publishes a column in Charisma. What is your beef with Grady?

  3. Troy Day
    Troy Day July 12, 2019 at 6:34 am #

    Daniel J Hesse contrary to some resent voices in the group saying MEGA churches are doing great and are the answer to church decline I used to believe that as well during the so called revivals and mega church hype but its gone now

  4. Daniel J Hesse
    Daniel J Hesse July 12, 2019 at 7:49 am #

    What changed?

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 12, 2019 at 8:29 am #

      Daniel J Hesse idolatry. Pure idolatry! MEGA replaces Christ as the object of devotion.

    • Daniel J Hesse
      Daniel J Hesse July 12, 2019 at 8:54 am #

      Phil

      Some of the practices and procedures I observe these days cause great angst and concern regarding the future.

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 13, 2019 at 6:07 am #

      Daniel J Hesse CULTURE changed and the CHURCH was influenced by the culture change When Christians start loosing the culture war they FIRST start crying how culture is bad and THEN let culture IN the church As a result cultural Christians take over the Church, no real message is preached SOULS join but are not truly saved and sanctified It is a slow process MEGA is the syndrome of Catholicism – big large mega taking over the world influencing political elections bringing Heaven on earth on our own and ruling earth without Christ present

  5. Daniel J Hesse
    Daniel J Hesse July 13, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    From mega to mass?

  6. Steve Losee
    Steve Losee July 13, 2019 at 10:03 am #

    There never should have been a “professional pastor”. Local churches should be led by aTEAM of ELDERS who SHARE the teaching, shepherding (the real definition of “pastor”), planting (apostolic) exhorting (prophetic) and expanding (evanglistic) fuctnions and recruitment from an ACTIVE local Body. Eph. 4: 12; 1 Cor. 12-14; etc.

    • Daniel J Hesse
      Daniel J Hesse July 13, 2019 at 10:54 am #

      Good luck

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

      There never should have been a “professional pastor”. ??? Philip Williams may disagree on this one quite a bit

    • Steve Losee
      Steve Losee July 13, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

      that’s allowed 🙂

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 13, 2019 at 9:08 pm #

      Troy Day actually, I agree with Steve Losee, though that only works if everyone is devoted to the Lord, which should actually be the case. The church order should be that of a family rather than ‘hired Christians’ as the case with professionals. Ministry should be something that all Christians do.

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 14, 2019 at 5:07 am #

      Charles Page heard a guy who served in just about every official in a denomination group saying ministry is not a career its a calling – will he return all moneys and benefits earned while in office?

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 10:27 am #

      Troy Day it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a “sewing needle” than for a COG bishop to surrender his “unbiblical Income” from official misrepresentations!

  7. Charles Page
    Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    I don’t believe in BiVocational ministers as a general rule.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 10:35 am #

      I know that comment will draw opposition.

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 14, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      Charles Page you mean like Paul, the tentmaker?

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

      Charles Page you dont believe them at all? Or you dont believe they should hold 2 jobs or what?

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

      Philip Williams no Paul was not bi-voc however in financial straights he resorted to his trade to supplement his ministry. When his finances were replenished he returned to ministry.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

      Troy Day you have a way of not asking a question!!!

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      Charles Page I didnt understand what you asked When you dont believe in BiVocational ministers as a general rule, you dont believe they exist or you dont believe their preaching or what? Wernt you a military ministry bi-vocational feller back in your day?

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

      Troy Day no, never!

    • Troy Day
      Troy Day July 14, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

      Charles Page who paid you to minister in Turkey – I call this bi vocational Arent you one now too? Philip Williams the only true bi-voc minister I ever knew was retired 🙂

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

      back in my day bi-voc ministry was discouraged.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

      Troy Day I had to pay the national office and the general office and we were a local church – not a missionary outreach. We relied on local giving.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

      I certainly am not bi-voc now!

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

      The problem comes from narrowing the church to what goes on at certain times in certain specialized buildings. But the church is the people in all aspects of their lives. Without such a view of the church as once existed in the church’s earliest days, these other questions cannot be resolved.

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 14, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

      Charles Page I have discovered that’s ministers who have no experience in the real world have very little wisdom, end up immature and spoiled as babies. Seen this over and again.

    • Link Hudson
      Link Hudson July 14, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

      Charles Page sounds like Paul was no bo from your description. Your approach would shut down much of the ministry of the body of Christ. There are lots of ministries.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 14, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

      Link Hudson yes it would…but it would clean out the ones in ministry for money!!

    • Link Hudson
      Link Hudson July 15, 2019 at 7:56 am #

      By excluding those from might istry those who do not get paid for it???!!!

      No pastors, teachers, prophets, deacons, healers, muracle workers, discerners, or those with words if knowledge ir words if wisdom functioning in their gifts if.they have a job outside the church?

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 15, 2019 at 9:59 am #

      Today Paul would be a multi marketing distributor or he would be setting novice ministers up in a MM scheme to supplement their incomes.

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 15, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      Charles Page I doubt that he would be involved in these shysterisms.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

      Philip Williams many modern day apostles are involved in pyramid schemes. multi-level marketing

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 15, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

      Charles Page there are no modern day Apostles. The foundation for the church has already been laid by those who Jesus appointed.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

      Philip Williams I am not prepared to believe that however I am alluding to false modern day apostles, which are numerous!

    • Philip Williams
      Philip Williams July 15, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Charles Page the Apostles had Jesus’s own authority. I know some today who suppose that, but do you know of any that really do?

      I would like to meet them. That would be like meeting Jesus.

    • Charles Page
      Charles Page July 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

      I can only speak for myself and I have Jesus’ authority. I don’t know of another.

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