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Not making friends seems a shallow reason for leaving church? Is that why people join?
Yes.......... for friendship, but then I never did find any deep waters.Not making friends seems a shallow reason for leaving church? Is that why people join?
I think you've got this accurately, that lots of folks who attend churches do do for lots of different reasons and always have done, apart from big C Christianity.My basic question...as usual left in my mind and not in the OP.
Is it "No Friends Left"? Or is it the isolation of the pandemic that got folks out of the habit...and once out of the habit don't feel the need?
Or is it the NFL? We have chosen another "god" to worship (a soccer team, auto racing, bike riding, golf...) Another "god" that fills the community and friend and group think camaraderie many humans crave?
Appears to me to be a combination.
The Sunday obligation crowd has warned...and the church (imo) is sustained by a number of groups... There are those that gravitate to administration and service, those that like to sing so also meet a couple times a week for choir practice, those that feel good doing charity work or outreach, they all need to be there for the Sunday only crowd that comes and puts money in the till because ... well because their parents or the book or someone told them it was the right thing to do...and it makes ya feel better giving money where things are going on..
As usual these are just my observations... I enjoy reading yours....
As for church sizes...JWs typically have a max of 150...then they split and the community throws up another hall (what I have seen stateside) and after that it usually has to do with population density. Urban churches like packed houses squished side by side...suburban likes a little more space in the pews and rural churches like to sit in family groups with lots of land between them.
Unity focuses on the bible being utilitarian...personally and communally useful in this life without concern for the next.new churches are springing up here with Christianity-with-new-ideas priests and congregations, focused upon care in the community and services offered
I felt that as a kid...and when I got into unity with 2 little twins I had very little excess funds. But that was not an issue. And then from volunteering (community aspect) I believe I got more respect than I deserved.we didn't have money for the collection plate and we were often looked down upon because of it. That or pitied by the congregation and not treated in equal standing
Unity focuses on the bible being utilitarian...personally and communally useful in this life without concern for the next.
Unitarian has a social consciousness aspect to it..
As do Quakers...
What is old is new again.