Sat. 9 p.m.: Area churches struggle with declining attendance

WARREN – Making church relevant to families is a key many pastors say is essential for drawing younger couples and youth into the pews.

While some churches are able to maintain their membership numbers, other churches have seen a decline in attendance over the past decade. Church leaders across the area from every denomination admit putting more people in the pews is a problem they are all trying to resolve.

Economic factors, population shifts and other factors have contributed to the decline for many denominations. An aging church population where members are homebound or in nursing homes is a factor for the empty seats as well, some area pastors said.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.