By George Barna
Churchless individuals are throughout us: between our closest family, at our places of work, in our neighborhoods. And an increasing number of, they're turning into the norm: The variety of churchless adults within the US has grown by way of approximately one-third some time past decade. but the startling fact is that lots of those humans declare they're looking for a real, strong come upon with God—but they simply don’t locate it in church. What are they (or we) lacking? How will we higher achieve out to them? What will we say or do this could encourage them to wish to affix a neighborhood of religion? Containing groundbreaking new learn from the Barna crew, and edited through bestselling authors George Barna (Revolution) and David Kinnaman (You misplaced Me), Churchless unearths the result of a five-year examine according to interviews with hundreds of thousands of churchless women and men. taking a look previous the outside of church attendance to deeper non secular realities, Churchless can help us comprehend those that opt for to not join a church, construct trust-based relationships with them, and be empowered to effectively invite them to interact.
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Additional info for Churchless: Understanding Today's Unchurched and How to Connect with Them
Another one-fourth (28 percent) express a neutral opinion of churches today. Only 7 percent of unchurched adults believe that a church is a negative factor for a community. Tracking data show that views about local churches have not changed substantially in the last two decades. Today’s churchless adults are not remarkably less favorable toward churches in their community; if anything, there is simply a growing “yawn,” with 25 percent expressing they don’t know whether they have favorable or unfavorable impressions.
In the 1990s, roughly one out of every seven unchurched adults had never experienced regular church attendance. Today, that percentage has increased to nearly one-quarter. Buried within these numbers are at least two important conclusions: (1) church is becoming increasingly unfamiliar to millions of Americans, and yet (2) the churchless are still largely comprised of de-churched adults. This latter conclusion may be hard for many churchgoing Christians to believe. But it’s true: Even though the cultural trend is toward less church-friendliness overall, the vast majority of unchurched adults still have at least some level of personal experience in a church.
This observation aligns with our research. Churchless adults tend to be independent and self-reliant, more skeptical than the churched about the motivations of people and institutions, and ready to stonewall those entities until they prove trustworthy and beneficial. Many do not trust others easily and are not prone to taking statements at face value. When talking with the unchurched, be prepared to back up your claims with persuasive information. Like their churched counterparts, most unchurched people want to make a difference in the world, leaving their mark on the people or causes that capture their heart and imagination.
Churchless: Understanding Today's Unchurched and How to Connect with Them by George Barna