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January 14, 2011

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David Ewart

Indeed! It's kinda scary.

Linda Yates

HI David:

Thanks for this. I am assuming you are using Year Book Stats. The problem with this is that in many churches the folks who fill out the forms are so few and so tired that many just use the data from the year before. This means that the data you have used may be over inflated. In other words, things may be worse!

David Ewart

I hope the Catholic Church thrives - and as a Protestant - that our many and varied forms also thrive.

Christianity worldwide is doing very well in many places, and what we are living through here in Canada will not last forever.

So while I am somewhat gloomy about the near future of the United Church - I'm not gloomy about God and the future of the Gospel.

Elena

Thank you for the article.

Christianity is in a sad state with all the divisions and fighting. The only hope is Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church.

David Ewart

I wouldn't disagree with your 3 characteristics of churches that do well.

However the point I'm making is that with the overall decline in church attendance that is now characteristic of our society, if there were 10 churches in an area, all of which share the characteristics you name, only 1 or 2 of them will actually do well. There just are not enough people attending church for all 10 to thrive.

Frank King

Thank you for this very informative piece. I understand where these numbers are coming from. It's this simple: in a society where church attendance is considered quaint at best and idiotic at worst, why would anyone bother attending unless they were serious about their faith? Why put up with athiest & agnostic put-downs when your own "faith" isn't important to you? To me, that's why churches that are (a) serious about Jesus, (b) serious about making an impact on this broken world and (c) serious about being a vessel where God can draw people to Jesus, are the churches that are doing well.

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