Since 2008 the main line Christian denominations in America have been in decline, however the COVID 19 pandemic accelerated this decline. This past year we have seen the one year decline to be about equal to the previous five years in total.
A recent “Barna poll” has indicated that, in the next 18 months, 20% of all churches in the United States are likely to close as a result of the pandemic. This information says as many as one in five churches could permanently close as a result of shutdowns, lost attendees and offerings stemming from the corona virus pandemic. This is according to David Kinnaman, president of the prominent Christian research organization Barna Group.
If this is accurate, this would mean that, in the United States, 9,491 Southern Baptist churches (out of 47,456 churches as of 2018) would close permanently.
Below are links to articles that shed light on the above comments.
Read Article: On in Five Churches to Close
Read Article: The Demise of the Church
Practicing Christians are disengaging from church at an alarming rate during this pandemic. In fact a recent survey shows among all U.S. adults, 53% said they never attended church in-person or digitally during this pandemic.
Read Article: Practicing Christians Disengaging at an Alarming Rate
The challenge to church leaders is if you want your church to survive, it cannot be business (church) as usual. You must make radical changes to engage a rapidly changing world around you.
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