Where have all the churches gone?
Based on records maintained by 21st Century Christian, roughly 200…
• Where have all the churches gone?: Christian Chronicle undertakes a project to uncover what happens when church buildings close. Published March 1, 2022.
• A final song, a familiar end: Rural Tennessee congregation closes, reflecting trend seen nationwide. Published March 30, 2022.
• Church closing trend began before COVID-19: In the past three decades, the number of Churches of Christ in the U.S. has fallen to 11,965 — down 1,209, or 9 percent. Published March 30, 2022.
• ‘Where did the people go?’: When it comes to closed Churches of Christ, that may be the hardest question to answer. Published May 6, 2022.
• Struggle to save a church inspires an innovative partnership: Nonprofits and congregations work together on a plan to plant or rejuvenate 10 San Diego-area churches in 10 years. Published May 24, 2022.
• What my dad taught me about growing a church: This congregation’s growth had nothing to do with style. Rather, these three factors were crucial. Published April 4, 2022.
• Shrinking congregations sell buildings: Part of a trend, the move by two churches to sell their buildings is aimed at ministry growth and financial stability. Published Jan. 28, 2022.
CHERYL MANN BACON is a Christian Chronicle correspondent who served for 20 years as chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Abilene Christian University. In retirement, she is enjoying freelance writing and consulting, especially with churches. Contact her at [email protected]
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