Today’s guest post comes to us from Dr. Aubrey Malphurs, Founder and Visionary Leader of the Malphurs Group and the Senior Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Malphurs offers deep insight on the decline of the American church and the urgent need for revitalization.
The State of the American Church concerns me. 80-85% of churches are plateaued or declining.
In the mid-1960’s church leaders began to notice a disturbing trend in the state of the American Church. Something previously unnoticed in America: many major denominations had ceased growing.
In 1988 Win Arn, church growth pioneer, shocked the American church world with the following statement.
“Today, of the approximately 350,000 churches in America, four out of five are either plateaued or declining. Many churches begin a plateau or slow decline about their fifteenth to eighteenth year. 80-85 [percent] are on the down-side of this cycle.”
After the shock wore off, Christian leaders began to examine more closely the state of the American Church. Arn’s statement proved to be disturbingly accurate!
Decrease in Weekly Attendance
Troubling signs appear at every juncture when it comes to the state of the American Church. Church researcher David T. Olson pulls information from 200,000 churches and found that “the conditions that produce growth are simply not present. If present trends continue, the church will fall farther behind population growth.” He demonstrates that the percentage of the population attending a Christian church each weekend will decline from 20.4% in 1990 to 14.7% in 2020.
The Plateauing Church
Church researcher, Thom Rainer, describes the state of the American Church based on his years of consulting with many different churches and denominations. He writes,
“Eight out of ten of the approximately 400,000 churches in the United States are declining or have plateaued.”
The Declining Church
While speaking at the Great Commission Research Network in 2011, Gary McIntosh declared,
“I have been working with a judicatory in the Midwest. In their district 97% of the churches are in decline. Not plateaued, but in decline.”
Lack of Turnaround Pastors
The Church of Jesus Christ in North America is in a free fall with no bottom in sight.
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