Minnesota mainline churches going the way of the Dodo bird!

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has posted one of those head-scratcher stories about the decline in church involvement in Minnesota led by mainstream protestant churches with Catholic churches not far behind.

I’m sure you can all give many reasons for why this is happening, but for me, I say a major reason is that Cultural Marxism is winning.  When Communism was all the rage around the world, it didn’t catch on in America (in any big way) for a couple of reasons—strong families and strong churches.

Those who wanted to change America knew they had to destroy the family and the church and so they are!

As we see with the immigration issue, they knew too that they had to import poverty as Americans were doing better and moving up the ladder to more prosperity.

The Leftists have taken over and politicized many churches (Episcopal here in my post just yesterday) and the rest of us don’t want to have anything to do with political Leftwing agitators using the pulpit for their socialist/commie message, so (some) churches will die and maybe that isn’t a bad thing!

Here, below, is just a bit of the Star Tribune story.  They say it will be part of a series.

Will the next installment tell us about church buildings being transformed in to mosques?

By the way, I write about Europe as a harbinger of what is to come, but look no further than Minnesota!


Minnesota’s mainline Christian denominations face unprecedented declines, altering communities and traditions celebrated for generations.

La Salle, Minn. — For 100 years, Lutherans in this farming community on the Minnesota prairie have come to one church to share life’s milestones.

LaSalle Lutheran church
La Salle Lutheran Church. It is Lutheran Immigration Services in MN that is largely responsible for the growing Muslim population there. So should anyone be surprised that Lutheran churches are losing congregants. 

They have been baptized, confirmed and married at La Salle Lutheran. Their grandparents, parents and siblings lie in the church cemetery next door.

But the old friends who gathered here early one recent Sunday never imagined that they would one day be marking the death of their own church.

When La Salle Lutheran locks its doors in August, it will become the latest casualty among fragile Minnesota churches either closing, merging or praying for a miracle. Steep drops in church attendance, aging congregations, and cultural shifts away from organized religion have left most of Minnesota’s mainline Christian denominations facing unprecedented declines.La Salle, Minn. — For 100 years, Lutherans in this farming community on the Minnesota prairie have come to one church to share life’s milestones.


St. Paul’s On the Hill Episcopal Church on prestigious Summit Avenue was recently sold to a developer after more than a century of religious service. Bethany Lutheran Church in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis held its “holy closure” ceremony last fall. St. Michael Catholic Church in West St. Paul celebrated its last mass 18 months ago.

Mainline Protestant churches have been hit the hardest. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Minnesota has lost almost 200,000 members since 2000 and about 150 churches. A third of the remaining 1,050 churches have fewer than 50 members. The United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in Minnesota, has shuttered 65 churches since 2000.

Catholic membership statewide has held steady [Hispanics?—-ed], but the number of churches fell from 720 in 2000 to 639 last year, according to official Catholic directories. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which closed 21 churches in 2010 and merged several dozen others, is again looking at ways to consolidate church staffing and programs.


Church attendance has been declining for decades nationally, but the pace appears to be accelerating. Since 1990, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and United Church of Christ have lost nearly half their national members. The ELCA has lost a third. The Catholic church still shows membership growth, but has 2,000 fewer parishes today, according to Catholic studies.

Much more here.

I can hear the cheers about this news from a certain segment of the Minnesota population!

Take heart, in some parts of the US (maybe even in Minnesota!), conservative churches are doing very well.

11 thoughts on “Minnesota mainline churches going the way of the Dodo bird!

  1. What you don’t realize is that many MN communities historically had both neighborhood and ethnic Cayholic churches. Church attendance is down, in part due to contraception but also because people buy into popular culture.

    I live a couple of miles from my church and drive past 8 other Catholic churches on my way, that I know of. There are at least 2 Orthodox churches and one protestant church on the way also.

    There are many churches faithful to Christ’s teaching in MN.


  2. I think Church isn’t relevant in modern life. People used to depend on them for community and social services. I went to Church last week and 90% of the people there were over 65. I have no idea how to make them relevant today. I think part of the reason a lot of Churches fly the rainbow flag is because they think by virtue signalling they can attract a younger crowd, but I don’t see evidence of this.

    I think the pews could be filled, as I don’t think it’s because of lack of belief in God(although agnosticism is more popular than it ever has been before), if somehow people came to depend on Church services more. But I have no idea how to create something like that.

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  3. Minnesota has spent the last three decades or so, breaking down OUR family systems (promoting the “nanny state”), breaking down OUR schools (Now: “Transgender Tool-kit Instruction” replaces Reading – Writing – and Mathematics skills, as the priority of the day), AND breaking down OUR concept of grounded Christian Churches and Christian principles…

    We have wandered off into the wilderness of those disconnected souls, who worship at the alter of…. …let’s just smack around a tambourine, dance around the Maypole, do the “happy clappy” dance, and COEXIST..

    Surprise! We are looking into the abyss of hell…and we can see it from here..

    Minnesota mainline churches? For the most part, what’s that?


  4. >When Communism was all the rage around the world, it didn’t catch on in America (in any big way) for a couple of reasons—strong families and strong churches.

    Venezuela was 88% Roman Catholic in 2011, and most Latin American countries have a big focus on families… it’s funny how these explanations can creep in without any reason or logic behind them.


    1. The Catholic Church in Latin America, Central America, is different from the Catholic Church anywhere else. I believe Marxism, Socialism, are part and parcel of the culture, and that is how the people vote. The Venezuelans, as far as I know, voted for Socialism. Our current inhabitant of St. Peter’s, is clearly a Marxist, Peronist adherent. Our Catholic Church has gone Marxist and Socialist in the West, very definitely in the US. The USCCB is nothing but a political entity now, paving the way for more Marxism or Socialism. Moving away from the boring worship of Christ or the teaching of the faith, which they no longer believe, they are causing a hemorrhage in American churches as well, as not many of us except the elderly want to subsidize it. Donald J. Trump was elected for a reason, the people do not want Socialism, they want free market capitalism, which has made the US the envy of the world and one reason people are dying to get here. The bishops however, are out like trout with Socialism, which they will apparently tout regardless of how damaging to the faith it is, or how many churches have to be sold. They will sell them for mosques, because these men just don’t care about Christendom at all.

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  5. Many churches and other religious institutions seem to be more interested in collecting money rather than help people. Some churches seem to be collecting profits from resettling refugees too. Some church led NGO’s appear to be helping refugees at the expense of locals, but the reality is that nobody gets helped anyways because the refugees get placed into degrading living conditions . Here are some links to articles about refugees who got placed into unpleasant accommodations:
    I also posting a link to an article about how the Mexican government also separates migrant families:

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