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When God Left the Building – Screening Tonight!

On Friday, October 9th at 7:00 pm, Nichols-Bethel will host a showing of the film "When God Left the Building."

A pervasive part of the American fabric is fraying and decaying before our eyes.  THE CHURCH IS WITHERING.  Though the vast majority (77%) of Americans identify themselves as Christians, they have largely stopped attending church.  LESS THAN 20% OF THE POPULATION now makes it to church in a typical week.  Some 4000 churches are closing every year.  It's a major and unprecedented social upheaval.

The film follows a church that has seen its attendance plunge from 900 to 40.  In addition to external cultural factors that affect all churches, this church is disintegrating from the inside from a variety of human storms.  A pastor who doesn't know who or what God is.  Fights over petty things.  A faction of angry ex-members that devises a plan to take over the church.

Throughout the story, cameras also visit other dying churches–as well as innovative new forms of church that are thriving.  These range from a ministry in a Pennsylvania pub to an outreach in Los Angeles that brings joy to skid-row moms.  By the end of the film, viewers will EXPERIENCE HOPE and a refreshing glimpse into how faith may be pursued in the future.