Saturday, October 31, 2015

Retired rector from Alexandria: church dysfunctional

From Virginia-

The church in America is in trouble.

That's the message of the Rev. Polk Culpepper, a 67-year-old native of Alexandria and retired Episcopal priest from North Carolina, in his new book, "Decline and Dysfunction in the American Church."

"The last 50 years have witnessed an unprecedented decline in membership, financial resources, respect, cultural influence and ministry," he writes.

Many charts and stories of trends in large U.S. church membership generally support his claim, although there are some exceptions. The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's second-largest Christian body, along with most mainline Protestant denominations, reported declining membership in 2010, according to figures released by the National Council of Churches.

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