'Church . . . is found'

Many churches today are going through rough times. Scandals, in-fighting, and a perceived lack of relevance have shaken the traditional church-centered picture of American life. In most of the mainline denominations, attendance and membership are down. But polls show that interest in spirituality is on the rise. What's going on?

As a lifelong churchgoer, I, too, have sometimes asked myself, "Why bother with church? Is the effort to love and connect with these people really worth it? Can't I have a fine relationship with God and keep good relationships with my neighbors without a formal organization to belong to?"

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