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Apr102011

Religious Congregations Getting Older as People Live Longer

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Increased life expectancy may be contributing to the “graying” of religious establishments -- that is, the increasing age of their congregations, according to a new study.

Researchers at England's University of East Anglia argue that as people tend to live longer, they don’t feel the need to “make good with the higher power” until later on in life.

The study’s authors suggest that in order to attract more youthful members, the church should make itself more relevant, approachable and attractive to a middle-aged crowd.

The findings were published in the International Journal of Social Economics.

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