Over at the Gospel Coalition, David French offers some interesting statistics on why Mormons are beating evangelicals in church growth.
“As a Calvinist member of the Presbyterian Church in America,” he says, “I’ve got my theological differences with the LDS church. But if we evangelicals don’t believe we have anything to learn from our Mormon friends, then we’re foolish.”
While regular church-going evangelicals divorce less often than secular couples, Mormon-marrying Mormons have the lowest divorce rate of any major religious group. Families that stay together are more likely to pray together.
To some evangelical critics, you’d think we [evangelicals] lose members because we’re so demanding. But compared to the Mormon experience, evangelical churches are a carnival ride of short services, low accountability, and rare church discipline. If you’re a faithful Mormon, you’re not living a 95 percent secular life like so many evangelicals. At least in this regard, Mormons are truly countercultural.