Churches facing challenge as congregations age, younger generations move away

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  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    george of the jungle wrote:

    "I know that there is good and evil. I'm sure every one does. We need to support the good."

    Of course there is GOOD and EVIL; there just isn't any god or D-evil.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    Mixing science and religion is a formula for failure. Self proclaimed "scientists" who use the tools of our craft to make judgments on faith are as likely to embarrass themselves as the religionists who try to make scientific decisions.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Oct. 21, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    It's worth pointing out that the LDS Church has already been following the advice that these pastors and preachers are just now picking up on for years. And unsurprisingly, it's also one of the few churches that is growing rather than shrinking. But the strategy won't work for Protestants in the same way as it does for Mormons, because of the rampant priestcrafts that are present in those churches. Young people are smart and see the majority of organized religions for what they really are: money-making, profit-seeking business enterprises, selling the name of Christ for profit, attached to a shallow and hollow doctrinal foundation that changes to fit whatever will sell best in accordance with the public's whims. If these churches want to get back their lost members, the first thing they need to do is ditch paid clergy and start preaching from the Scriptures—to whatever extent they have them. Obviously that won't happen though, so they will continue to fizzle out while God's revealed truth continues marching forward.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 12:31 a.m.

    I know that there is good and evil. I'm sure every one does. We need to support the good.

  • LiberalEastCoastMember Parkesburg, PA
    Oct. 20, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    "Thinly veiled businesses."? Not in my town they're not! I can't speak for the rest of the country but in my small town on the east coast the pastors/priest/fathers of the town's nine churches are some of the hardest working people in town. They pool their church's resources to grow food for the poor and are jointly funding/staffing a youth center where 50 to 60 kids flock to each night for a hot meal and a gospel lesson. One pastor in town sponsors a free community breakfast every month and hands over all the donations left by the community to the local volunteer fire company. I know many of these fine men personally and would be honored to attend anyone of their congregations.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    Pastors need people to come to church so they can get money from them. Many (if not all) churches are thinly veiled businesses.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 5:18 a.m.

    @Luke Nelson,

    Yes. It most definitely is.

  • Luke Nelson West Valley City, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    @Red Corvette
    No, it is not.