Here’s a sign of the times: US church membership falls below 50 percent for first time.
It’s intriguing that church membership was so low 80 years ago – that puts thing in perspective a bit.
It’s important to note that some of these statistical drops are a reflection of changes in practice that set in decades earlier. As social pressure to belong to church decreases, the portion of the population that wasn’t practicing anyway is more likely to be honest about that and drop membership.
That isn’t to deny that secularization is rapidly advancing. This part of the story reflects what we all see happening in our church communities:
Among people born before 1946, 66 percent belong to a church with the share of people dropping as the generations progress. 58 percent of baby boomers, 50 percent of Generation X and 36 percent of Millennials report belong to a church.