Pentecostal Denominations are the only ones Growing, all other major denominations in decline

Posted: June 15, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Missional Thought, The Mysterious World of American Evangelicalism
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Ed Stetzer penned a recent article in Christianity Today, “Life in Those Old Bones”, where he makes the positive case for renewal within a denominational context. I really liked what he had to say. The following somewhat surprised me:

Denominations appear to have fallen on difficult times. Theological controversies over core Christian beliefs have weakened some denominations. Others have succumbed to classic liberalism. A handful of denominations have reaffirmed their commitment to theological orthodoxy, but even many once-growing conservative denominations have experienced difficult days. All in all, membership in 23 of the 25 largest Christian denominations is declining (the exceptions being the Assemblies of God and the Church of God).

I am not surprised by the tough times, the theological controversies, a resurgence of creedal commitments, etc, but by the fact that the Assemblies of God and Church of God are the only 2 denominations growing of the 25 largest denominations. I know that the Pentecostal Church continues to lead the way in global missions and the establishment of the Church on various continents, but “WOW!!!”. What is also shocking is that every other major denomination is declining. The report is not saying that the Pentecostals have grown the much…they are the ONLY ones growing.

While I don’t serve in a Pentecostal church per se, I am theologically charismatic and influenced very much by my Assemblies of God upbringing. I can’t believe that Pentecostalism has gone from being a despised sect some 60 years ago to being the only growing movement today, while also reaching globally into every continent with no signs of slowing down. Post-Millennials should cozy up with Pentecostals, I guess 🙂

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