Why Innovation is Needed in Church Life

Christian churches in many Western nations face a variety of challenges to health and vitality. Some sample indicators of widespread forces of social change that have impacted on religious vitality include:

  • a decline in Christian religious affiliation,
  • a decline in church attendance,
  • the absence of younger generations in many mainstream denominations.

This Fact Sheet outlines some evidence for each of these indicators and draws the conclusion that there is a need for revitalization and innovation in church life.


Ruth Powell.


Powell, R. (2010). Why Innovation Is Needed In Church Life, NCLS Research Fact Sheet 10008. Sydney: NCLS Research.