In a bit of good news from the other side of the pond, the Church of Scotland has lost over half its members in the last two decades, and the age of the average congregant is 62 years old, ensuring that soon the denomination will die and be unable to do any more damage among the living.
One in every 12 members is an elder – and almost two in five of regular attenders will be elders
The average age of those attending church is 62 years old — so the trends of decline are not likely to change without us taking positive action and addressing the demographic profile
One in three charges are in vacancy whilst across Scotland the size of almost every congregation is shrinking.
We have well over 1,000 church buildings to cater for this number of people which is simply untenable and unsustainable.
The vast majority of our ministers are over the age of 50 and it is estimated that 40-50% of them could retire in the next 10 years. At our current rate of securing new ministers (20-30 per year including the admission programme) we will have more vacancies than ever before”
Love to see it. For decades the Church of Scotland has been mainstreaming every weird and liberal aberration. They’ve been ordaining women since the late ’60s, fully support LGBTQ beliefs and same-sex “marriage,” and their ministers have a nasty habit of speaking up to defend abortion rights. Given their complete abandonment of the Christian faith, why wouldn’t the news that they’re dying put a smile on our faces and a pep in our step?