Mainstream churches are dying

Grove United Methodist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been accused of actively trying to oust its older members in order to attract young blood. The leaders of the church don’t want to put it that way; but they admit that they have a “youth problem”: the average age in the congregation is around 70.

All mainstream denominations are facing a similar pressure at the moment. It isn’t that young people have all turned atheist. (The aggressive, absolutist form of atheism known as New Atheism has largely been a bust.)

But many Millennials and Zoomers are “spiritual but not religious”. Those who do opt for Christianity are typically drawn to the more entrepreneurial non-denominational churches.

The future of Methodism is uncertain. But so is the future of the Southern Baptist movement, Episcopalianism, and Roman Catholicism—at least in the United States.