A Nationwide Issue:
Many of our nation's churches can no longer afford to maintain their structure - 6,000 to 10,000 churches close each year in America - and that number will likely grow. (Source: The Atlantic)
Former churches in the suburbs, meanwhile, are more likely to get knocked down than undergo an expensive renovation. (Source: The Boston Globe)
Between 6,000 - 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year. That means around 100 - 200 churches will close this week. The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes. (Source: Lifeway)
In New York:
Recently in New York - JUNE 18, 2019
End of the Line for Pleasantville United Methodist Church (The Examiner)
"It has a long, long history in Pleasantville…and I think I’m right in saying that at one point there actually were two Methodist churches in Pleasantville," Scherer said. "A significant piece of history for sure. Obviously, times change, conditions change, but I am always sorry to think that institutions that have served our community in ways large and small end up no longer being viable."
In Geneva's Backyard:
Trinity Episcopal Church requires extensive preservation and updating work totaling approximately $2.2 million. Current congregation numbers of 65 can’t support this.
Over the past 20 years, Trinity Episcopal Church (TEC) has spent almost $1.5 million on preservation costs.