Tale of two denominations: growth, shrinkage

COMMENTARY /// Protestant churches

Churches that do not offer anything particularly different from what can be found elsewhere do not do much to motivate people to get up early on Sunday mornings

Two of America’s largest Protestant denominations are the United Methodist Church and the Assemblies of God. Both have long histories in Southern California and some shared beliefs, including ordaining women, that set them apart from other Protestants.

But official statistics, which typically have a couple years of lag time, for th...

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