About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly because they have moved.
CHR Comment: A helpful new survey for congregations interested in doing outreach or in guiding their members who move to new locations.
Source: Choosing a New Church or House of Worship | Pew Research Center
Distinguished scholars from Baylor University on Tuesday decried the myth that religion is on the decline in America and argued that it’s actually growing and stronger than ever.
CHR Comment: A panel discussion took a closer look at media coverage of the Pew Research Center report. Although larger denominations have declined, the panelists noted that there is a rise in new denominations, which more than makes up for that difference. Although fewer people declared a denominational affiliation, they panelists believed Christianity was not declining.
Source: Christianity Is Not Declining in America, Baylor University Professors Say
This study, released today, has significant finding about the decline of Christian affiliation but does not provide explanations for the declines discovered in their surveys. I would suggestion the following reasons:
Personal rather than political reasons
The breakdown of families, which normally have held people in churches
Church-life feeling more hurtful than helpful
Social norms that caused people to say they were religious in the past are fading. People are more comfortable admitting they are unaffiliated.
America’s Changing Religious Landscape | Pew Research Center.
Here is a much more detailed analysis of the recent surveys and projections about religion generally and the growth of Christianity and Islam. The article includes helpful visual data.
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.