[anzac] "OUT OF CHURCH" Growing - BARNA

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 14:19:00 -0500

"TREND: Significant increase in out-of-church Christianity"

A nationwide survey conducted by the USA based Barna Research 
Group indicates that the number of unchurched adults in America 
continues to grow by nearly a million people annually. Interestingly, 
many of these unchurched people are spiritually active. One out of 
every five reads the Bible in a typical week; six out of ten pray to 
God each week; and nearly one million unchurched adults tithe 
their income - that is, donate at least 10% of their annual household 
revenue to non-profit entities.

The religious media play a part in their spiritual life, too, with four
out of ten absorbing Christian content through television, radio, 
magazines or faith-based websites during a typical month. In 
addition, one-quarter of them have conversations with one or more 
friends who held them accountable for carrying out their faith principles.

Having studied church attendance patterns for more than twenty 
years, researcher George Barna suggests that the consistent 
resistance to church life in recent years is indicative of a historic 
shift in the nation's spiritual vision. "A large and growing number 
of Americans who avoid congregational contact are not rejecting 
Christianity as much as they are shifting how they interact with 
God and people in a strategic effort to have a more fulfilling
spiritual life. This suggests that we are on the precipice of a new 
era of spiritual experience and expression."

Barna expects the percentage of adults who are unchurched to 
grow during the coming decade. "However, the 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 God and to their faith."

See the BARNA website-  http://www.barna.org