Oldline Prostestant churches feeling their age

FACT survey results
Amid their “slow but general retreat” this decade in terms of financial health and membership, the oldline Protestant churches are especially hampered by the aging of their memberships, a new study says.

Pastors of some six out of ten mainline Protestant churches last year said that a quarter or more of their members were 65 or older. Only 24 percent of evangelical Protestant congregations reported the same in the Faith Com munities Today (FACT) survey last year of more than 2,500 congregations.

Further illustrating that contrast, 22 percent of mainline churches surveyed reported that at least half of their members were over 65, whereas only 6 percent of evangelical and Roman Cath olic churches reported the same.


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