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-NCC 2010 Report: An Actual Increase in US Church Membership

by Dr. D ~ February 15th, 2010

image In spite of all of the reported secularization of the American culture, church membership in the United States actually increased in the last year. US church membership reported in the National Council of Churches 2010 Yearbook was up 0.49 percent over 2009 with 147,383,631 members.

However, the mainline more liberal protestant denominations including the United Methodists, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Episcopal Church, American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., and the United Church of Christ, continued to decline. Also, the Southern Baptist Convention declined for the 2nd straight year along with the conservative Lutheran Church– Missouri Synod.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church, and the pentecostal Assemblies of God, and Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) denominations continued to grow along with unorthodox groups like the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

An interesting take from the report is the study on The New Immigrant Church. According to the NCC, a lot of the US church membership increase is actually due to an influx of immigrants that are substantially Christian. The new immigrants to the US have particularly bolstered the Catholic Church and many of the Pentecostal groups.

Response: For several decades it was easy to predict which churches would decline each year and which ones would show an increase. The Liberal/Conservative divide use to make that exceedingly simple: Liberal mainline churches down and Conservative Bible churches up. Now other factors seem to be involved when you view the recent declines among the Southern Baptists and the Missouri Synod Lutherans. 

The liberal/conservative divide is still obviously a major factor but with the continual growth of the Pentecostal denominations and along with the independent Charismatic churches that continue to show considerable growth then maybe there is also an unreported ‘Spiritual gifts’ factor being played out in current church growth statistics.

We do know from other surveys that currently around the World that on nearly every continent the fasting growing Christian churches are mostly Pentecostal and Charismatic in nature. Particularly in the third world where even mainline churches and Baptist missions tend to be far more ‘charismatic’ then their US brethren.           *Top

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