Religions Keep Shedding Members

2019 September 7
by bc3b

In the past two decades Americans attending church services regularly has declined at an alarming rate.

Gallup has previously reported that church attendance has dropped more among Catholics than among Protestants. Consistent with this, the decline in church membership has been greater among Catholics. Twenty years ago, 76% of Catholics belonged to a church; now, 63% do.

Meanwhile, 67% of Protestants, down from 73% in 1998-2000, are members of a church.

In recent years many religions, including the Catholic Church, have adapted much of the morality of secular society in an effort to stem the exodus and attract new members. Most religions (except perhaps Evangelicals) have embraced the LGBTQ movement. Most mainline Protestant churches now support abortion and very few Catholic bishops speak out against it. All religions have become far more political.

Under Francis, the Catholic Church doesn’t have a problem with priests or bishops that are borderline heretics, parishes that march in gay pride parades or are proponents of far-left causes. Francis and the bishops do have a major problem with traditional Catholics, especially those who favor the Latin mass. A surprisingly large number of millennials attend Latin masses where they are offered.

Rather than gaining more members by becoming more secular, the opposite appears to be the case. More progressive churches are losing members at a faster rate than more traditional religions.

Christian Post reports on the Episcopal Church, one of the most progressive religions, which last year lost a higher percentage of membership in any year since 2014.

The Episcopal Church saw a greater decline in members and average worship attendance in 2018 than in 2017.

According to statistics recently made available by the Office of the General Convention, The Episcopal Church saw its active baptized members decline from approximately 1.712 million in 2017 to 1.676 million.

The 36,000-member drop is larger than the previous two years, when the denomination declined by about 32,500 members in 2017 and a little more than 34,000 members in 2016.

In 2018, the average Sunday worship attendance declined by about 23,500 people, making it the largest drop the church body has seen since at least 2014.

In previous years, 2017 saw an average worship attendance decline of around 13,700, 2016 saw a decline of 9,300, 2015 saw a decline of 20,600, and 2014 saw a near equal decline of 23,200.

The report on The Episcopal Church’s domestic dioceses also found that the number of congregations with 20 or fewer members had increased from 388 in 2017 to 418 in 2018.

Jeffrey Walton, Anglican expert at the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, wrote on Tuesday that the numbers were not all bad for the liberal mainline denomination.

“Notably, non-domestic dioceses (many of whom did not support same-sex marriage rites) saw attendance nudge upward by 0.2%,” he explained.

“Similarly, the denomination’s flagship church, the Washington National Cathedral, reports an attendance rebound from 1,200 to nearly 1,500 in 2018, even as plate-and-pledge dropped more than one third, possibly indicating an increase in Sunday visitors.”

While during the 1960s The Episcopal Church reached a peak membership of 3.6 million, by 2010 the denomination’s total active baptized members dropped below 2 million.

Some have argued that this decline has been accelerated by the overall liberal theological direction of the denomination, which has been public about its support for same-sex marriage and other progressive causes.

“Formerly traditionalist dioceses now under progressive leadership seem to be faring especially badly,” wrote Walton.

“The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, where Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg was married and is a parishioner, shed 9.5% of attendees in a single year.”

The apparent uptick in decline for both membership and average attendance contrasts with previous reports on numbers, in which the denomination noted an apparent stabilizing of their losses.

Hat tip: Gallup Organization and Christian Post

Full house at a Lutheran church in the 195os.

12 Responses leave one →
  1. 2019 September 8 6:13 am
    justrand permalink

    A new “religion” has arisen: “Progressivism”. This “religion” preaches reliance on government, hedonism, sloth and debauchery as POSITIVE things…and self-reliance, respect, ethics and Christian faith as NEGATIVE things.

    Thus morons like Buttjudge no lecture us on “values”, as they justify infanticide and other sick concepts.

  2. 2019 September 8 7:14 am
    bc3b permalink

    Right JR, and for many church leaders, like Francis, it trumps (no pun intended) the beliefs of the religion they are supposed to be leading.

  3. 2019 September 8 7:22 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #1 again. Petey Boy is the ultimate hypocrite. Who appointed him as the one to judge who is “unChristian?” Good Christians don’t try to pass judgement on others regarding “Christianity.” As the article above states, his Episcopal diocese – obviously a very progressive one -had a 9.5% drop last year.

  4. 2019 September 8 7:30 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Liz promised MA voters she was NOT running for President
    In 2018. Wow, that expiration date passed quickly

  5. 2019 September 8 7:39 am
    bc3b permalink

    NorCalJim #4 – Next you’ll be telling us that Lie-a-watha falsely claimed to be an Indian to land a $400,000 10-hour a week professorship at Harvard rather than being inspired because there were Indians in her family – her uncle drove a Jeep Cherokee.

  6. 2019 September 8 10:13 am
    drdog09 permalink

    A very good piece on Govt debt — — Amaze your dwindling liberal friends with reality.

  7. 2019 September 8 2:13 pm

    “liberal friends” WTF is that.

  8. 2019 September 8 4:05 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Okay, Okay…. Liberal Targets.

  9. 2019 September 8 4:54 pm
    justrand permalink

    They also work as shields …meat shields

  10. 2019 September 8 4:58 pm
    Eph permalink


    Your Lions played well today.

    -King Eyore

  11. 2019 September 8 8:04 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    What is the world coming to? Sperantz is running around with NATO M4’s — — And now the US is considering the 6.8mm round.

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