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Running head: LITERATURE REVIEW ON INCREASING CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 1Literature Review on Increasing Church MembershipNameInstitution
Running head: LITERATURE REVIEW ON INCREASING CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 1Literature Review on Increasing Church MembershipIntroductionThis paper gives an extensive literature review on the topic “Increasing Church Membership” in Christian evangelistic and Roman Catholic churches. Church membership is simply the commitment of an individual to worship a Deity and fellowship with other brothers and sisters (Fukuyama, 1961). It is considered to be the willingness of an individual to fully participate in all the activities, interact with other believers and subscribe to all the doctrines of that church (Barrett, Kurian & Johnson, 1998). In the recent years, studies have shown that church membership has been significantly increasing especially in the Roman Catholic Church. The paper will focus on published and unpublished literary works that evaluate this topic. The paper will however not discuss the membership of other religions such Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism among others. Most of the online sources on this topic suggest almost the same reasons as to why church membership is increasing has recorded a significant increase in almost half a decade ago. The past few years have recorded a decline in church membership but the statistics are observed to be changing in the recent years. Studies conducted on church organizations have indicated that church membership has significantly increased especially in the catholic churches. We can attribute some of this changing statistics to the election of the new Pontiff, Pope Francis because the phenomenal statistics were recorded just a few months after his inauguration. The changes in other Evangelistic churches could be attributed to the emergence of new generation clergy who are handling churches in a modern and trendy way compared to their predecessors.
Running head: LITERATURE REVIEW ON INCREASING CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 1This review will focus on a number of articles that address the topic. It will also attempt to give some of the reasons that have contributed to this rare occurrence. Main BodyAn article published in the mail online on 28thJune 2015 by Ellie Buchdahl attempts to explain this phenomenon (Buchdahl, 2013). The paper successfully puts forward a number of reasons that could have contributed to the recent growth in Roman Catholic Church membership.The 20% increase of catholic followers according to paper comes as a rare surprise after a significant decline that had hit most cathedrals especially in Britain. Buchdahl suggests that this phenomenal increase was recorded only eight months after the Argentinian Pope, Francis was elected as the new Pontiff. The author hints that the new pope could have contributed to the increasing numbers of followers because of a number of reasons. Some of these reasons are as discussed below:Pope Francis is generally a likeable person owing to his charisma and dedication towards his ministerial work. His effects were felt in the whole world and specifically in the Vatican City

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