Russell Moore has an excellent OP-ED in tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal about the decline of denominations among American Christians. He writes:
“More and more Christians choose a church not on the basis of its denomination, but on the basis of more practical matters. Is the nursery easy to find? Do I like the music? Are there support groups for those grappling with addiction?
“This trend is a natural extension of the American evangelical experiment. After all, evangelicalism is about the fundamental message of Christianityâ€”the evangel, the gospel, literally the ‘good news’ of God’s kingdom arriving in Jesus Christâ€”not about denomination building.”
Moore says that even though surveys show the waning of denominationalism, a younger generation of evangelicals are coming back to it. He concludes:
“If denominationalism simply denotes a ‘brand’ vying for market share, then let denominationalism fall. But many of us believe denominations can represent fidelity to living traditions of local congregations that care about what Jesus cared aboutâ€”personal conversion, discipleship, mission and community. Perhaps the denominational era has just begun.”
Read the rest here.