Wednesday, May 14, 2008
CHURCHES LOSING MEMBERSHIP
Mainline Protestant churches are losing membership, but non-denominational churches are growing, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. More than one-quarter of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another religion or no religion at all, the survey found. Factoring in moves from one stream or denomination of Protestantism to another, the number rises to 44 percent. One in four adults ages 18 to 29 claim no affiliation with a religious institution.