Magazine article The Christian Century

Briefly Noted

Magazine article The Christian Century

Briefly Noted

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* A new survey of Protestant churches says attendance at worship services during 1999 declined slightly in keeping with the trend of recent years. The survey also found that smaller churches continue to dominate the American scene. The Barna Research Group survey, released December 6, found the median adult attendance for worship services at more than 600 churches polled across the U.S. to be 90 people. That figure was down five people from the 1998 survey, ten people from the 1997 average and 12 people from the 1992 figure, according to Barna.

Attendance figures were highest for 1999 among suburban churches (120 people) an d African-American churches (100 people). Rural churches, which have smaller population concentrations to draw from, reported the lowest average attendance (70). "In spite of the mass media attention devoted to megachurches (those attracting 1,000 or more adults on a typical weekend)," Barna said in a news release, "those congregations remain just 1 percent of the Protestant church landscape."

* In a lawsuit recently filed against the White House and the FBI, religious broadcaster Jerry Falwell claims he was denied access to information about him contained in a "secret" Justice Department database on religious and antiabortion leaders. …

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