Make up a huge percentage of the non-church attenders in Charlotte. The De-Churched are different than their Un-Churched cousins because they...
Make up a huge percentage of the non-church attenders in Charlotte.
The De-Churched are different than their Un-Churched cousins because they used to attend church regularly but for one reason or another have chosen to stop. One Sunday they walked out the church doors never to return again!
They walked into the parking lot, waved to a fellow attender, stopped for lunch, and drove home-- but next Sunday they began a new routine.
So why did they leave?
The American church is in a general state of decline. Did you know that less than 20% of the US population attends church regularly?
This decline is static regardless of your locale.
Churches in the North are declining numerically as stereotypes expect, but they are also declining in the South as stereotypes would reject. Actually the decline in the South seems to be steeper.
A study by LifeWay Research asked those who left the church one simple question.
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- 19% said they were "too busy"
- 17% said they left due to "family/home responsibilities"
- The third most common reason cited was "disenchantment with pastor/church"
These disenchantments were divided into three primary statements:
- 17% said "church members seem hypocritical"
- 17% said "church members are judgmental of others"
- 12% said that "the church is run by a clique that discourages involvement"
National Back to Church Sunday is a vibrant attempt to bring the De-Churched BACK!
So pastors and church members, how can we do better?