Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore
That's the title of a new book written by Joani Schultz and Thom Schultz. It caught my attention. So I did a little investigating of my own. According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of Americans "say" they go to church weekly. As it turns out, however, less than 20 percent are actually in church. In other words, more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on weekends. Furthermore, somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 churches close their doors every year. Southern Baptist researcher, Thom Rainer, in a recent article entitled "13 Issues for Churches in 2013" puts the estimate higher. He says between 8,000 and 10,000 churches will likely close this year. Between the years 2010 and 2012, more than half of all churches in America added not one new member. Each year, nearly 3 million more previous churchgoers enter the ranks of the "religiously unaffiliated." Clearly, there are changes taking place in today’s Church. My own feeling is, churches will always be here. But, as I see it, there are 7 trends impacting church going today.