Thom Rainer recently posted Where Have All the Churches Gone? at churchleaders.com
Interesting insights from the post and the comments section. Here are the bullet points:
1. The primary metric for measuring church size in 1969 was Sunday school attendance. Today, the metric is worship attendance.
I wonder what caused the shift?
I have yet to read a book that tackles the place of Sunday school prior to the cell church movement and why it was literally phased out from most churches in the late 90s. I started attending church in mid-90s. We still had Sunday school back then but little by little, we just sort of chucked it out from our weekly activities. Now when I hear the word Sunday school, ancient images of flip charts and poorly attended meetings come to mind.