Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
The latest census is expected to show a further drop in attendance at mainstream church services. While the evangelical denominations generally fare much better, most of the traditional churches are facing a crisis of declining numbers, rising costs and the unaffordable demands of new earthquake safety provisions for public buildings. While in some towns and suburbs two denominations have shared the same space - or service - Wayne suggests a more ambitious approach. Chris follows up with Peter Lineham, an associate professor of history at Massey University in Auckland.