Faith Temple Church joins national "Back to Church Sunday" movement

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Studies say over the years, a growing percentage of adults do not identify with a religious group and attend less church.

That's why more than 30,000 churches across the nation are participating in a movement called "Back to Church Sunday."

Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim takes us to one local church that joined the movement on Sunday.

Members of the Faith Temple Church sang praises to the Lord as part of "Back to Church Sunday."

Bishop Troy Michael Carr says some people may feel alone in the world, but he wants them to know they are welcome at Faith Temple.

Bishop Troy Carr says, "Church is important for community, for strength, for love. Our theme this year is 'A Place to Belong.' There are so many people that are lonely, that they don't feel that people care about them and I'm wanting them to know through this day, that they can come to Faith Temple Church or they can come to Church and feel the love and caring that they are looking for."

Some people say they don't go to church because they're too busy.

Others say church is long and boring.

Bishop Troy Carr says, "But the number one reason that people say that they don't go to church is they feel that church people and church-goers are hypocrites, which means that we say one thing and we do another. That's not the case for everybody. Obviously there are some people and hypocrites in the church, but there are hypocrites everywhere and so we're asking people to give church a try because it's really not about church. It's really not about Faith Temple. It's really about a relationship with Jesus Christ."

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2016, more than three quarters of non-religious adults said they were raised as a member of a particular religion before shedding their religious identity.

Bishop Troy Carr says, "So church attendance all over the country is declining and so national Back to Church Sunday is an attempt to say hey, give us a try again. Come and see and especially specifically for Faith Temple, we're lively, we're energetic, we're fun. It's a great place to belong."

Back to Church Sunday started in 2009, and this is the first year Faith Temple joined the action.

Bishop Carr says they loved doing it and will participate again next year.