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The shrinking church: Congregations look for solutions as they face declines in membership, attendance

from The Lutheran

When Joyce Gibbs began attending Zion Lutheran in Phillipsburg, Kan., in 1954, the congregation had to set up extra chairs in the aisle during worship services. In 1964 a new building was constructed to accommodate the rapidly growing congregation. Today, Zion's average attendance has dwindled to about 50 and Sunday school is now a one-room class with a handful of mixed-aged youth. It's no news flash that churches are shrinking. But where is everyone going? And more importantly, where do we go from here? more


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