The lone, striking countertrend is a steep rise in nondenominational Protestants, who attend churches outside the “mainline” denominations — the once-ubiquitous Baptists, Methodists and Lutherans.
Nondenominational Protestants — “nons” — became a majority in 2021, signaling a new era of churches and clergies untethered from religious tradition.
The decline is largely driven by a surging population of “nones,” or Americans who claim no religion, at 21 percent, as of 2021, according to Gallup.
The rise in “nons,” “nones” and nonbelievers all come at the expense of a vanishing “moderate middle” of American faith, Campbell said.
Mainline Protestantism “is collapsing,” Burge wrote in a recent article tracking the decline of Christian denominations and the rise of nondenominational churches.
“If ‘nondenominational’ were a denomination, it would be the largest Protestant one, claiming more than 13 percent of churchgoers in America,” Daniel Silliman wrote in Christianity Today.
Nondenominational churches often start as, “literally, a guy in his basement,” Burge said.
1. Evie and I are big-time Jesus people but we eschew institutionalized Christianity. So, there's good news here from out point of view. We are one variant of the so-called "nones." In fact, we "identify" as nones. Bahahahahahahahahahaha!
2. Don't miss the reality that there's a type of Christianity that is, actually, growing...and rapidly. It's what the article calls nondenominational. A group that starts by a guy in his basement. As the article says, "Mainline Protestantism 'is collapsing.'” Mainline Protestantism, i.e., woke religiousity in on a death watch. Interestingly, this is the sort of religion the First Amendment intends to protect...It's working! Keeheeheeheeheeheeheehee.
Good news for pb-ism. Good, good news.