When God Left the Building Nov. 8

Editable_BulletinInserts copyFree film explores state of American churches

“When God Left the Building,” a film about declining American churches and what some congregations are doing to reverse that trend, will be shown Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God, 407 Schuykill Ave. , Tamaqua.

All area congregations are invited to send representatives.

The showing is sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network and is offered free of charge due to the generous contributions of several local churches and civic organizations. TAFFN is an organization of lay leaders from Tamaqua area churches.

According to the film’s producer, Tom Schultz, the film examines the decline of the American church and focuses on the current spiritual climate. Weekly church attendance has dropped to 20 percent of the population. This trend has resulted in the closing of 4,000 churches per year.

“The American church as we know it is dying,” Schultz said. “What was once the heart and soul of the community is going away. We wondered why. And we wondered what’s next.”

The filmmakers spent three years documenting a church that saw its attendance plunge from 900 to 40.

“It was a heart-wrenching mash-up of societal upheaval, spiritual confusion and human conflict,” Schultz said.

The film also prominently features the unconventional work of churches and organizations that are actively doing things differently and outside of the traditional church building.

A preview of the film is available at WhenGodLefttheBuilding.com.

Refreshments and a brief discussion period will follow the showing of the 90-minute film.

While the showing is free, TAFFN would like to know how many people to expect so individuals and groups are urged to RSVP to gtay200@verizon.net or 570-668-4451 by Nov. 3.