Friday, April 20, 2012

OK ... I know that Lark News is a satire site, and yes, it shouldn't be taken seriously, but this post from the archives of Lark News definitely hits the nail on the head, as I fully expect that we're going to find that the membership of the PC(USA) declined below 2 million in 2011.
Presb. Church USA launches ambitious plan to lose only 5% of members
LOUISVILLE — The Presbyterian Church (USA) has launched a campaign to slow the rate of decline to 5 percent, according to the denomination. “People at the grass roots need hope and motivation,” says a spokesman. “This is a positive goal we can all get behind.” The Minus 5 Campaign aims to lower the attrition rate in spite of the denomination’s continued struggle with moral issues, which has led to even greater exodus of members. Instead of losing 12 to 15 percent of members every decade, the group will now “work in great unity and joy to lose only five percent.” “This is the rallying cry we’ve been needing,” says a pastor in Pittsburgh, Pa. “It’s heartening to people at the local level to know we’re determined not to shrink as rapidly.” •

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