I heard a number of startling facts and figures last week at the meeting of the EPC Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic - my regional accountability structure and "church planting support group." For instance: There is an annual net loss of churches in the United States of about 2000. Click here for more.
Let's put aside for a moment all the issues related to making statements like these: the challenge of counting churches, determining what are the churches you want to count, etc. etc. etc. Even as difficult as it is to ascertain the particulars of the data, the conclusion is one that most people would affirm, even intuitively. Fewer people in the United States today have a meaningful relationship with Jesus and His community than in years not too far past.
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