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Terminal Churches



6,000 to 10,000 churches die each year in America - and that number will likely grow in the days ahead.


Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year. That means around 100-200 churches will close this week. The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes. -Thom Rainer

Last year, I was visiting a church and I noticed something that was heartbreaking. There were no babies in the nursery, no pre-schoolers, no elementary kids and no teenagers.

I thought to myself, "This church is terminal. Once the few senior adults who attend have passed away, there will be no more church here. They will have to close the doors. If they want their church to reach young families with children, then they are going to have make some shifts in how they do church."


If you can't hear any babies that are crying, then your church is dying. - Dale

Across our country, you will find many churches that are about to close their doors.

The question is, what causes a church to enter the terminal category?