Churches: Membership Up, Attendance Down

U.S. church membership is still on the way up. According to the new Year book of American Churches, published by the National Council of Churches, a record 123,307,449 Americans claimed membership in religious bodies in 1964, the latest year for which figures are compiled. The total amounted to almost a 2% increase over the previous year, compared with an overall population increase of less than 1.5%. But fewer members are going to church. The Yearbook includes a survey by the American Institute of Public Opinion, which shows that only 45% of adult Christians attended services on Sundays in 1964, compared...

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