Dwindling congregations and clergy shortages are plaguing rural churches in western Kansas, that according to a recent report. As a result, more and more communities are facing consolidation.
Western Kansas ministers are fighting to keep their church doors open because fewer and fewer people are attending rural churches.
Over the past 20 years, people have been leaving small towns for big cities at an astonishing rate. When the population drops, churches suffer.
Every week fewer and fewer people are filling these pews, but is that reason enough to consolidate essentially entire communities, churches across the state are saying yes, because they can't afford to keep their doors open.