The Whereabouts of Sheep

A Review of The Great Dechurching by Jim Davis & Michael Graham, with Ryan P. Burge

Attrition rates in the church are staggeringly high. About 40 million adults in America used to attend church but no longer do. Let that sink in. According to the authors of The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back?, “More people have left the church in the last twenty-five years than all the new people who became Christians from the First Great Awakening, Second Great Awakening, and Billy Graham crusades combined.” This pattern suggests that the next generation will have even fewer built-in churchgoers, which means, “we are currently in the middle of the largest and fastest religious shift in the history of our...


is a classical educator, furniture-maker, and vicar at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also taught high school history for thirteen years and studied at Messiah College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Winthrop University. In addition to Salvo, Josh has written for Areo, FORMA, Front Porch Republic, Mere Orthodoxy, Public Discourse, Quillette, The Imaginative Conservative, Touchstone, and is a frequent guest on Issues, Etc. Radio Show/Podcast.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #67, Winter 2023 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |