9. Why are the traditional church cultures of mainline congregations not being successfully passed on to their children?

The old long-established Protestant churches depended on younger generations replacing their elders.  This isn’t happening much anymore.  The absence of the 20- and 30- somethings explains the withering of those congregations.  The young who retained their faith are attracted to congregations with a culture that emphasizes experiencing God in everyday life through informal worship, contemporary music and everyday applications of faith.  Guardians of the old traditions will resist change. Mission-oriented leaders will seek changes that bring greater effectiveness.  How to change corporate cultures is a major topic in business schools.

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