There’s no denying it: fewer people are attending church on a regular basis, especially among older Gen Zers who are now in their mid-20s.
While many congregations within the United Methodist Church are faced with declining attendance numbers amid theological turmoil, one Tennessee church is hoping to buck that trend by meeting with people in unconventional spaces.
Bearden UMC in Knoxville has expanded its ministry into new territory, with a men’s ministry at Topgolf and plans for a monthly meeting at a local brewery.
Although Bearden UMC still meets at church on Sundays, the Rev. Bradley Hyde told The Christian Post the church has branched out to develop relationships and meet the needs of the community in the hopes of stemming a sharp decline in attendance.