Church of Scotland faces serious decline – what needs to be done?

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A recent report from the Assembly Trustees of the Church of Scotland has shown some alarming statistics. There were little under 300,000 members in 2021, which is less than half of what it was in the year 2000. While they have not yet been able to pinpoint what has caused such a huge decline over the years, they have acknowledged that action needs to happen and new ways of thinking are required.

Another concerning statistic is that the average age of worshippers in the congregation is 62 years old. The report also states that “across Scotland the size of almost every congregation is shrinking” leaving this key question: What action needs to be taken to stop this decline, and do all Churches across the UK reflect similar statistics? Share your thoughts in the comments!