BeliefNet tells “Why the Conservative Churches are Shrinking” – specifically, the Southern Baptism Convention. Cathy Grossman at USA Today says it’s because allegiance to denominations is weakening and the growth today is in nondenominational-postdenominational Christianity. “Religious Connections” has its somewhat jaded take here. Conservative denominations are shrinking, says BeliefNet, just like liberal and moderate denominations, because denominationalism is dying.
Calling all you liturgical Catholics and Lutherans and Anglicans and Orthodox and all the others out there: any ideas on how to be a liturgical church in this post-church, post-tradition, post-denomination, one wants to say, post-liturgy era? I suppose one could say “We’re a Church, not a denomination,” and then remind us how much eveything in your particular tradition is divinely instituted. That’s probably about the easiest way to avoid all the difficult issues here raised.