The Orlando Sentinel is reporting on a local MCC church that may go the way of the gay bar or the queer bookstore:
Started in 1979, the predominantly gay Orlando church is imperiled by its inability to attract a younger generation of gay and lesbian worshippers. Only about 20 of the 250 people who regularly attend the church are in their 20s and 30s, said the Rev. Lisa Heilig, interim pastor.
"The truth of the matter is the church is either going to stretch and grow -- or die," Heilig said.
The lack of young people at Joy MCC isn't unusual in itself. Only about a fourth of Americans 18 to 29 years old attend church regularly, according to the latest survey by LifeWay Research, a research organization associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
It's not that surprising, even before declining church attendance it taken into account. As more churches become more accepting, even if they aren't 100% there, fewer LGBT people are going to feel a need to leave the churches they grew up in.