Aging pushes churches to fiscal brink
from Associated Baptist Press
Things were looking bleak for Orange Grove Baptist Church and its aging membership when Greg Shoemaker arrived as its pastor about a year ago. Add the economic troubles of the area just north of Pascagoula, Miss., to the national trends driving down church attendance, and all Orange Grove Baptist had were about a dozen mostly elderly members worshiping in a sanctuary meant for 120. What he didn't know at the time was that the decline in numbers would continue and raise questions about whether the church would survive.
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