[img]https://www.sermonindex.net/images/forum/2004/may/featured_news.gif[/img]They sit stately and unadorned in every community, churches of stone or white clapboard that link today's frenetic culture to a pious, inconceivably mannered past. It is easy to drive by these old-time Protestant churches, where generations of immigrants thanked God for their lot, and assume they will anchor the culture forever.But scores of churches across greater New York that are part of the "mainline" Protestant tradition are now gasping for life. Aging congregations of only a few dozen people have become commonplace, presenting the possibility that many churches will close over the next decade or so.A Journal News review of the five most prominent mainline denominations shows that their membership in New York City and the surrounding suburbs has fallen by 45 percent since the heyday of 1960, when the spiritual descendants of Luther, Calvin and Wesley composed the white-bread religious mainstream.The five denominations the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ have been loath to close churches and sell off valuable real estate. As a result, they continue to operate more than 1,000 churches in the region for 300,000 members.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
You guys in the USA certainly have enough churches, now all you need to do is to go down on your knees and ask God to fill them ?
_________________Eric John Sawyer
It's all apart of God's plan. I read in our faith section of the newspaper today saying, "Come Home to Gods Home". Its the adverttisment heading for the churches in our area.God's home is not a building, a temple or a synogog or a mosque, it's MAN. Shut 'em all down, and let the glory of God rest in the new man, Christ Jesus in which we are all connected.Lets look at one another as if we are beholding the face of Jesus.Karl
God's home is not a building, a temple or a synogog or a mosque, it's MAN. [u]Shut 'em all down[/u], and let the glory of God rest in the new man, Christ Jesus in which we are all connected.
_________________Robert Wurtz II