Preaching as Christian Numbers Decline

There is a much talked about new study out (survey by the Pew Research Center) that illustrates the declining numbers of who identifies with Christianity in the Unites States today.

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Of course this will concern many people, and many will also celebrate the facts.

But what does this mean for preaching?

As with this so called decline of Christianity, there is also a so called decline in preaching.

It’s irrelevant, it’s boring, it just serves no purpose anymore.

Here are three reasons that preaching remains relevant even as America pushes more post-Christian


No matter how much the raw numbers of Christianity declines Christian preaching will still be relevant because of the fact that it proclaims God’s word. Preaching rooted in the Bible will always reveal truth no matter if it was in the first century or now in 2015. The Bible will always be relevant, because God is always relevant.


Preaching is able to take the truths rooted in Scripture and apply them to modern life. For this reason it is still an endeavor of vital importance. The teaching that preaching provides gives people modern application of the Bible and helps them learn about God and the teachings of his people in a way that can be understood.


Preaching is not the same as it was in Jesus and the Apostle Paul’s time. It’s not the same as the early church or the Medieval church or even when the likes of  Jonathan Edwards gained a following. That is because preaching can change style with the appetite of the popular culture. It can incorporate media or audience interaction or other innovations that make it more palatable for evolving culture.


Even though many people are calling for the end of Christianity, the end of God in America, and  by extension the end of preaching it remains a vital practice in the lives of many. Millions of people hear God’s truth proclaimed through a preached message on Sunday morning or Saturday night or another day every week throughout the year.

This is the main reason preaching remains relevant: preaching is proclaiming God’s word.

What are your thoughts?

Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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