A thoughtful young lady, Carol Howard Merritt, recently tackled an issue very real to her denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or PCUSA. She is the pastor of a Presbyterian congregation, and laments that the average age of PCUSA members is over 60 years old. In addition, the PCUSA has lost almost half its membership in the last 50 years. Most other mainline denominations, like the United Methodist Church, have faced similar if somewhat less dramatic declines. With their congregations dying, publicity campaigns like “Open hearts.
Open doors.” haven’t slowed the receding tide. This hemorrhaging is no less than the throes of death for the sustained cultural influence of the historical denominations that defined the moral fabric which undergirded the birth of the United States.
On the other hand, a conservative offshoot of the PCUSA, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), has sextupled its number of congregations and…
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