Church Membership Is Not the Answer

I found a startling chart in Rodney Stark’s What Americans Really Believe.  The chart showed that Church membership in the United States is at its highest point in history. At our founding, membership was 17%, in 2005, it stood at 62%.

So, though books like unChristian show that the latest generation coming into adulthood is less interested (than ever?) in being part of the Church, Stark shows that if the key is membership in the church, we are better off now than ever before.

At the same time that so many people seem to be lamenting the degradation of society and the coarsening of culture, Church membership is up.

3 thoughts on “Church Membership Is Not the Answer

  1. “At the same time that so many people seem to be lamenting the degradation of society and the coarsening of culture, Church membership is up.”

    Hmmmm…. Maybe there’s a correlation between those two phenomena….

    😉

  2. Membership is only good if it makes a positive difference in a person’s discipleship.
    Anything else is a social club.

    I wonder about those who are “lamenting the degradation of society and the coarsening of culture.”
    Lamenting and doing something about it are two very different things.

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