Is the Church Dying?


A well-known pastor talks tough about the current state of the church.

Outspoken pastor Mark Driscoll says Christians need have a much stronger resolve because of “darker” days, and he argues that “the church is dying.”

Driscoll is the lead pastor of Mars Hill Church based in Seattle, and is a leader in the Resurgence movement, a resource for Christian leaders in discipleship and leadership training.

Mark says, “Four years ago, Newsweek magazine proclaimed ‘The Decline and Fall of Christian America.’ Their words ring disturbingly true today.” reports that Mark claims the church is dying and no one is noticing because we’re wasting time criticizing rather than evangelizing.

In a letter addressed “Dear Christian,” he says, “The days are darker, which means our resolve must be stronger and our convictions clearer. This is not the hour to trade in work boots for flip-flops.”

Mark points out that the latest statistics reveal that the number of Americans actually practicing evangelical Christian faith is only around seven percent to eight percent.

According to Driscoll, the need for young Bible-believing, Jesus-following leaders is desperate and dire.  He also challenges believers to stand firm in God’s grace.

He says, “Hold fast to the word. Jesus is alive. Quit licking your wounds – stand up, dust yourself off, and get to work.”

This year’s Resurgence conference will be held at Mark’s church and satellite locations in four cities.  It will include speakers such as Rick Warren, Matt Chandler, Greg Laurie, James MacDonald, and Crawford Lorritts.  You can get more information at

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