As summer begins, another wedding season is upon us.
The air is warm, the earth is lush and everything is as pretty as a June bride.
But for all our marriage cliches, one now belongs on the endangered species list:
Wedding bells are not ringing.
Reporting on a survey from a leading wedding website, the evangelical Facts & Trends discussed religion’s recession from the wedding landscape.
Religious congregations hosted 22 percent of weddings in 2017, down from 41 percent in 2009. Churches are losing ground to banquet halls, hotels, country clubs, wineries, rooftops and museums.
Also... pastors are conducting fewer and fewer marriages.
Instead, couples are turning to civil magistrates or even loved ones who obtain credentials. In 2009, 29 percent of couples had a friend or family member officiate at their wedding.
That number had increased to 43 percent by 2016.
What accounts for this dramatic change?
Is anything lost?
Does it even matter?
Kurt Goff is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He has more than 25 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. With Jesus Christ at the center and the Bible as the guide, each broadcast of Kurt Goff Live reminds listeners that they are not alone and that Christ loves them through the ups and downs of their life. Goff is a graduate of Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.