Based on research of 557 churches from 2004 to 2010, 9 out of 10 churches in America are declining or growing at a pace that is slower than that of their communities. Simply stated, churches are losing ground in their own backyards.
Another way of looking at it is generationally about two-thirds of the Builder generation, those born before 1946 are Christians. Yet, only 15% of Millennials are Christians. They were born between 1980 and 2000. And, we have all but lost that generation.
We can blame it on the secular culture. And, we often do. We can even blame it on the churches, the hypocritical members and the uncaring pastors; lots of Christians are doing that. We can blame it on the godless politics of our nation. We do that as well.
God did not give us local churches to become country clubs where membership means we have privileges and perks. He placed us in the churches to serve, to die for the sake of the gospel.
Here at First Pres. Mountain View we are striving to be called a church of “giving members” and as we journey to follow Christ, we invite others to join in the celebration.