American Church Might Actually Be Growing


American Church Might Actually Be Growing

For all of the talk – and statistics to back it up – about the Church being in decline, another statistic provides some encouragement: The percentage of Americans who attend a local church is actually up over time.

Provided in Rodney Stark’s book “What Americans Really Believe,” here is a breakdown of the history of church involvement (by percentage) in the United States.

Percentage of Americans Who Belong to a Local Congregation:

1776 – 17 percent

1850 – 34 percent

1906 – 51 percent

1926 – 56 percent

1980 – 62 percent

2005 – 69 percent


Monday Morning Insight: Is the American Church Really in Decline?

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