Who are the mainline Protestants
Half a century ago, the denominations under the mainline umbrella [Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, American Baptist, etc., churches] dominated the American faith landscape. Now, after decades of declining numbers, only about one in five U.S. adults identifies with a mainline denomination.
Could replacing the “mainline” name help stem the slide?
Religion News Service took up the challenge, inviting votes and comments in an informal survey. A few of the suggestions given:
“The Refined Church” (more refined than reformed)
“The Churches Formerly Known as Christian"
"The Syncretist Churches”
“The Unorthodox Churches"
“Red Letter Christian Church”