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Monday, March 28, 2005

One in Three Adults Is Unchurched

[There has been an] emergence of a national body of spiritual leaders who are assisting unchurched people in their quest for spiritual depth through means and relationships that are outside the usual institutional vehicles is significant. We anticipate substantial growth in the number of people who are not connected to a congregational church but who are committed to growing spiritually. It would not be surprising to witness a larger slice of the born again population shift from the 'churched' to 'unchurched' column of the ledger over the next ten years. What's amazing about the coming transition is that it is likely to occur without any real decline in activities such as Bible reading, prayer, tithing, family faith activity or service to the needy. The people involved will be altering the locus of their activity without diminishing the intensity of their commitment to God and to their faith.

from the Barna Research
One in Three Adults Is Unchurched [full report]


At 10:42 PM, Blogger Keith Brenton said...

The good side of this coin is that the "unchurched" (highly accurate word in this case) will miss out on being unnecessarily indoctrinated about peripheral issues, uncommitted to unnecessary facilities, and uninterested in brand names.

The bad side of the coin is that, unless they link up with each other in small gatherings (like home-churches), they will miss out on the support and fellowship of people who share their love for God.

Perhaps the pendulum will yet swing in that direction.


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