Many mainline Protestant congregations today are stuck with an infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s. There are buildings to maintain and salaries to pay. As congregations have dwindled and aged, it gets harder and harder to keep the place running. The congregation has less money for program, for outreach, for anything but survival, and the energy of the congregation turns inward. There is less going on that can attract new members, and each year more maintenance is deferred, more corners are cut, and the congregation gets a little smaller and a little greyer.
Ten years ago, roughly half of Episcopal parishes faced this kind of situation. Ten years of declining attendance on this scale means that many more parishes are now in survival mode. As the church’s resources decline, more and more of the energy and the funds of its members go to staving off collapse. Less and less is available for the wider world……
It used to matter what the Episcopal Church thought of this or that social issue. Other mainline Protestant churches and many social and political leaders followed its theological and political debates. Now, basically, no one outside the dwindling flock in the pews really cares what The Episcopal Church says about anything at all. General Convention can pass a million resolutions, and nothing anywhere will change. No one is even really angry anymore at anything the Episcopal hierarchy does; at most, there is a sigh and a quiet rolling of the eyes. Soon, there will not even be that.
Y’know the real reason the “mainline” is collapsing?
Sanity is ever-so-gradually creeping in, from the margins.
The “Denominations” closest to Reality (er, I mean “the world”) will be the first ones to “go dark”, because their own congregations have long ago realized that the attempt to literally “believe” bullshit like Noah’s Ark actually happened is FUCKING RETARDED:
Here’s a prediction: The absolute LAST to go will be: (in this order):
- Semi-reasonable Fundies
- KJV-only Fundies
The last to “go dark” will be those populations where the delusions are intimately tied up with the “ethnic” identity of the victims.