Vida Abundante Baptist Church in Saugus, MA, was started 25 years ago by Brazilian immigrants. But as families have grown up and the second generation of immigrants has gotten older, the Portuguese-language church services have become difficult for many young people to understand.
For 10 years I served as the pastor of a church in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. It was an historic church, located in an affluent neighborhood where military families and federal employees lived. And it was almost completely Caucasian. The neighborhood, however, gradually changed. Different ethnic groups moved in and church attendance began to decline.