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Sign Of The Times: Churches Drying Up

March 26, 2009

We have at least one thing to thank the economy for: The churches and their schools are starting to dry up.

A number of churches and the religious schools they support are closing down all over the country, from what I have read in the news they are primarily Catholic organizations. The number of people attending services are dropping and thus the amount of money the local tax-exempt businesses.. er.. churches are making has gone down. With less money to operate they are having to consolidate or close down chapels making less money.. er.. having lower attendance; because it’s all about the faith folks, not the money..right.

In case you can’t tell, I am very enthused about this. The less money the Catholic church makes the less they can devote to spreading AIDS in Africa, moving around pedophile priests, and the various other crimes and intolerances that they commit and promote, respectively. I’m also happy about the possible reduction in the amount of proselytizing the church is able to do. Hopefully this trend extends to the rest of the planet and the non-Catholic churches as well.

However I can see a potential downside in the reduction of church funds. There are a number of outreach programs that the church runs, homeless shelters for example, and I don’t know if these have been or will be impacted by this downturn. I hope that at least other -more secular- organizations are able to come and fill up the gaps that may be left by the church because I know that if I were homeless I would prefer a free meal or place to sleep without a sermon.

Overall, a smaller and less profitable church is a good thing in my opinion.

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10 Comments
  1. March 26, 2009 11:28 pm

    That’s interesting news. I have to be honest – when I read the first line, the first thing that came to mind were those organisations that you mention at the end. It would be great to see secular organisations step up to fill the gap. I don’t know if it’s realistic – just because I think the money religious organisations use for these NPOs come from their religious fanbase?

    • March 26, 2009 11:37 pm

      Hopefully, those people who are leaving the church are starting to donate to secular organizations after their transition.

  2. March 27, 2009 12:55 am

    My wife is in advertising and she has pointed out that many of her church clients cannot afford to advertise anymore and some are closing up shop. I hate to see charitable organizations close their doors (even the religious ones who do have a positive impact in some areas), but I think this can become an opportunity for secular organizations to boost their products. People generally donate to churches because they think it is their duty ala tithing (they aren’t too often concerned about what happens to the money as long as they donate it) whereas people who donate to secular organizations actually make an attempt to do good by conciouslessly choosing what to give and where to give it. Perhaps people will start to donate money sincerely rather than superficially as they currently do.

    • March 27, 2009 3:00 am

      Hopefully the unused churches become homeless shelters and the school houses become charter schools or something of the like. It would be a shame for all that space to go to waste.

  3. ransom33 permalink
    March 27, 2009 4:15 am

    I am a member of a church in the UK and the same thing is happenning here, but God does not need a temple to dwell in, for his spirit lives in the hearts of men, many of whom have committed their lives to, like you say, feed the poor and help rebuild the lives of the disadvantaged in society.

    If my church were to close tomorrow, it would not make one bit of difference to our personal community involvement and the physical and economic support that we offer for: the homeless, building water wells in Africa, giving a home to the African orphans who have lost their parents to murder or aids, working with the children of Brazil to rescue them from the slums and from prostitution.

    Churches disappearing will not make one bit of difference to all these things going on. It will in fact offer the fertile ground for true Christians to emerge and display a genuine Christian character for all the right reasons, and not to be seen to be doing great deeds by the rest of the congregation. It’s a blessing in disguise, if you ask me.

    Thank you for letting me comment on your post

    ransom33 @ http://www.ransom33.wordpress.com

    • March 27, 2009 1:06 pm

      While I appreciate your enthusiasm for helping the less fortunate I must make sure you understand that not only are the churches closing down, they are doing so because of a lack of money. It’s very likely your church’s impact is going to go down because there just isn’t enough money.

  4. Godless American permalink
    March 27, 2009 2:01 pm

    Yay! Close the doors. Good riddance! The only good church is a closed church.

  5. richard permalink
    June 7, 2009 6:11 am

    it’s a love without end”amen”

  6. Phlox permalink
    July 8, 2009 4:16 am

    I’d like there to be the option “donate to charity of choice” on my tax card with the possibility to choose between four or five major charity organisations by default, not only the possibility to choose either your denomination or nothing. Pre-tax, of course. :)

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