Mark Silk offers some food for thought in his response to the current debate about progressive, liberal, and conservative churches and their decline/growth:
“Mainline Protestants like Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Methodists have stopped working to keep their young people within the fold. Southern Baptists and other large conservative churches have been too doctrinaire. The Catholic abuse scandals, combined with retrenchment from the Vatican II, have alienated a significant number of the faithful. Not belonging, not showing up for worship, is an option that doesn’t attract the neighbors’ opprobrium these days, and many Americans are availing themselves of it.”
Are young people involved in your Episcopal Church? Are you a person under 30 or 20 involved in a church? Why? What keeps you involved? What could the church do better?
Gay Jennings, newly elected President of the House of Deputies has engaged young leaders on Twitter today.
And then of course there are these exchanges: