American Church Might Actually Be Growing
Posted on: 11/24/2008
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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