Should we really expect Christianity to be popular?

Pastor Matthew Best
7 min readJan 25, 2024

Should we really expect Christianity to be popular? That’s the question I have been thinking about. For many years now we all hear the stats, see articles, hear people talk about the “decline of the church.” The decline has to do with the membership in the institutional church — an organizational metric. Some might even say that this extends to the decline of the influence that the institutional church has on the wider culture.

And while numbers show the decline to be real in terms of membership, I still have to wonder — are we making a false…

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Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.