Church doors still closing

Night over the Naples United Church of Christ in Naples, Florida. (LagunaticPhoto via Getty Images)
  • American churches closing faster than new ones can open
  • Churches are closing at a record pace in the U.S. as less than 50% of Americans are saying they are members of a church.
  • Small-town churches have been particularly hard hit by the trend, having previously served as the cultural center of small communities that have since declined or been consolidated into larger metropolitan areas in recent years.
  • Lizardy-Hajbi said the poll shows that religion is still important despite the decline in church membership.
  • “It doesn’t necessarily mean that religion is dying,” Lizardy-Hajbi said.

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