MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Joining us this morning is Alan Floyd with Cottage Hill Baptist Church.
We wanted to talk about the state of the church in 2024. What would you say about the state of it in general?
Guest: It’s a great question. I think, in general, there are some good things to say about the state of the church in the U.S., as well as some things that are not so positive.
We know that the church in America is not necessarily keeping up with the increased population. We know that, statistically, between 4,000 and 5,000 churches close their doors a year.
So there are some negative things, post-COVID.
The average church in America has an attendance of about 85%, as opposed to pre-COVID numbers.
However, we know that the millennials are the ones returning to the church most. So we’re encouraged by the church getting a little bit younger.
Anchor: Let’s focus on one of those aspects, which is the idea of lower attendance. How have you seen that, and what is the impact of that at your church and other congregations that you’re aware of?
Guest: Yeah, a couple of things, Chad. I would say on average, smaller and medium-sized churches have been able to regain attendance back to pre-COVID numbers, larger churches a little bit, a little bit slower, a little bit coming behind.
But what’s been difficult, regardless of the size of the church, are volunteers.
So they may be slower coming back to church, the average Christian, and they’re even slower in volunteering, serving, whether that’s in a ministry or in children’s ministry or even some of the community outreach.
Volunteerism really is struggling in the local church.