This TV report from CNN tells the story of burned-out theologically liberal boomers who are going back to mainline denomination seminaries. They plan to work in part-time jobs for part-time pay in churches attended by old people on Medicare.
The report did not say this, exactly, but it did admit that many mainline churches cannot afford to pay full-time pastors. So, congregations with aging poor people hire part-time pastors who have left the rat race.
As you watch this, pay attention to the seminary classrooms. They are deserted. This indicates what is happening.
In his new book, The Suicide of a Superpower, Pat Buchanan discusses the lack of replacements for old pastors, old priests, and old members. The evangelical churches are booming. The mainline churches are dying.
Members of mainline churches are the marginally committed, people who say “I worship here because my grandfather did, God rest his soul.” He worshipped there for the same reason.
The theological liberals lost the battle for the hearts and minds of youth. This began in 1926, the year after the Scopes trial,and it has never changed. The high water mark for mainline Protestantism was 1960. After that, it was all downhill. To here: