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Pastors Wonder About Church Members Who Never Came Back Post-Pandemic

Posted on AllSides September 26th, 2023
From The Center
Religion and Faith, Christian, Churches, Coronavirus
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fter a few hard pandemic years, Paul Seay is happy to see more people coming to the two Methodist churches he pastors in Abingdon, Virginia.

Still, he can’t help but wonder, What happened to the people who never returned?

“Some had been very involved—and they’re just gone,” said Seay, who leads Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, a historically Black congregation, and Abingdon United Methodist Church, a large red brick church down the road.

At a low point, Charles Wesley had about six people in attendance. Things didn’t get quite that dire...

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