The Decline of the American Church Examined at Lifetree Café

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Aledo, Illinois - The closing of thousands of churches nationwide and a steady decrease in church attendance will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m.

The program, titled "Has God Left the Building?" features filmed interviews with several experts on the American church, including Steve Hewitt, a writer for American Church Magazine. 

"Statistically the church in America has been dying since the 1970s," says Hewitt. "In a decade the church in America is going to have a whole different look: what it is and where it is. And what about all of these empty church buildings?"

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is located at Lifetree Cafe-Aledo, 606 SE 3rd Street, Aledo, Illinois 61231.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation on life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For questions about Lifetree may be directed to Deb Essig at 309-371-4712 or More information is available at