Why Is The Church Shrinking? Happiness!

The Jagged Word

By Joel Hess


Numbers are shrinking or so we are told. I just trust the experts who count these numbers. Of course, they rely on a lot of pastors who aren’t good with numbers. So, I don’t know.  Even though I have never seen it at the churches I have served, I suppose I believe them.

Oh the question as to why! Oh the many answers. It’s not me, it’s you. It’s not you, it’s me. Astonishingly there are some who are proud of low numbers in their parish because they believe it validates the faithfulness of their ministry. Then of course, there are those who are disturbed by dwindling numbers and blame the church, her message, and/or her method. It’s a merry-go-round of frantic “the sky is falling” chicken littles pointing fingers at everyone but themselves.

Why is membership declining? Well, since many churches have been doing “cool”…

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