The economics of churches is not getting better. Those branches which require seminary degrees need to find pastors willing to spend up to $50,000 for the training.
For young men and women, they are also at the age when they want to start families. Some can not find churches while others find part time jobs with pay inadequate to handle debt and living expenses.
The entire enterprise, from seminaries to churches themselves, is paid for by those in the pews. With membership projected to fall, churches will need to change the way they do business.
A lot of adjustments have been made. Churches have combined and some have closed.
One economic model denominations might consider is the Community of Christ, formerly know as Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints. This denomination uses lay preachers who serve for specified periods of time.
Another model I visited in downtown Winnipeg is a church who’s building was torn down. An apartment complex replaced the church, but a worship hall remains where the congregation now holds services.
Higher education now provides a large percentage of courses on line. I have looked at on-line church services available now. Some are so successful financially they are more than self supporting. Religion from radio and television have been a staple for generations.
I know some people who attend churches regularly will say the electronic medium will never replace the church experience. In many cases, it will be the only workable economic model for religion.