Virginia Institute Launches Pronatalism Initiative to Address Global Birth Dearth

“The West is facing a very real population bomb — and not the one Paul Ehrlich or ‘Soylent Green’ predicted,” J.P. De Gance told OSV News. De Gance is the founder and president of Communio, a Virginia-based nonprofit ministry that trains and equips churches to renew healthy relationships, marriages and the family.

Pronatalism Initiative Addresses Global Birth Dearth

The problem,” Pope Francis said on May 10 as he addressed an annual conference in Rome on boosting birth rates, “is not how many of us there are in this world, but rather what kind of world we’re building.”

The Family Crisis Caused the Faith Crisis: Why Marriage Is the Most Urgent Ministry Gap in the Church Today

The breakdown of traditional family structures can be linked to the decline in religious engagement. It points out the diminishing number of households with married parents and emphasizes the impact of this on various societal issues. J.P. De Gance calls attention to the lack of focus on marriage ministries within churches and suggests that addressing this gap is crucial for combating the ongoing faith crisis.

“Marriage is the most urgent ministry gap in the church today”: US study links faith crisis to family woes

The recent decline in US church attendance is linked to the breakdown of marriages, as highlighted by J.P. De Gance of Communio. He emphasizes the need for churches to prioritize marriage ministries, pointing out that most American churches lack such initiatives. By shifting focus and investing in relationship-centered programs, churches can strengthen families, revitalize faith communities, and promote healthier relationships.

The Family Crisis Caused the Faith Crisis: Marriage Now the Most Urgent Ministry Gap in the Church

In this urgent call to action, J.P. De Gance highlights the alarming decline of faith and the crucial role of strong marriages in combating it. Through his organization, Communio, he offers insights into the critical need for a metanoia mindset shift within churches to prioritize marriage ministries and foster Christ-centered relationships, aiming to draw people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Why marriage is the most urgent ministry gap in the Church today

In the face of declining faith and collapsing families, churches must urgently prioritize marriage ministries. J.P. De Gance argues that by embracing a metanoia mindset shift, focusing on strengthening marriages, and fostering Christ-centered relationships, churches can become hubs of evangelism and restoration, leading to healthier communities and a resurgence of faith in Jesus Christ.