Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ten Facts About and Five Trends Among the Unchurched

Note: The following is an excerpt from an article by The Barna Group.

"Fewer Americans are attending church. So, who are these new churchless Americans? Are there significant demographic or psychographic differences among those who attend church and those who don’t?

"Since 1984, Barna Group has collected data and provided insight about the intersection of faith and culture, including exploring the behaviors and attitudes of those unconnected to churches. During the past three decades, Barna has conducted tens of thousands of interviews with unchurched people. Based on those interviews and the resulting 'tracking data,' here are 10 facts about the 'churchless' in America.
  1. The number of unchurched people in America would make the 8th most populous country in the world.
  2. In the past decade, more people in the U.S. have become churchless than live in Australia or Canada.
  3. The vast majority of America’s churchless have attended a church.
  4. While the churchless are primarily men, the percentage of women in their ranks is on the rise.
  5. The unchurched in America tend to be less educated than the churched.
  6. The Pacific Coast is home to the largest percentage of churchless per capita.
  7. The unchurched are more likely to be unmarried.
  8. The younger a person is, the less likely he or she is to attend church.
  9. Unchurched adults are more likely to be white.
  10. The majority of the churchless in America claim Christianity as their faith."
For a complete explanation of these points, read the full story here.

  1. Secularization Is on the Rise
  2. People Are Less Open to the Idea of Church
  3. Churchgoing Is No Longer Mainstream
  4. There Are Different Expectations of Church Involvement
  5. There Is Skepticism about Churches' Contributions to Society