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Church Leavers

29 September, 2003 12:54 PM

Just founds some amazing stats from a study on people leaving the church.

��They were not leaving 'mainline' churches in decline. They were leaving growing evangelical, pentecostal, and charismatic churches.

��They were not leaving during 'adolescence'. They were leaving as adults, predominantly between thirty and forty-five years of age.

��They were not leaving after being involved for a short time. They were leaving after an average of 15.8 years of involvement.

� They were not leaving from the fringe, but from the very core. 94% were church leaders. P18 40% in full-time Christian study or work or both.

There is heaps more here. Insightful stuff.

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Whoa! That's some scary stats. Where did you read them?
Thanks for checking out my site by the way. I am just starting, and I have been neglecting it really bad this month. I have been remodeling my kitchen, renting a new office, getting ready to move office, outfitting a new church plant, renting space for meetings, blah, blah, blah. I'll get working on it again soon.

Scott » 30 September, 2003 12:08 AM

Sad stats, but I'm pretty sure they're accurate. It's the same situation that my wife and I and some of our friends are in. We haven't left yet, but...we're headed there. And if we go back to a regular "church" again, it would probably be a more "mainline" church. But what we really want is to just be part of a simple faith community.

Jonathan » 30 September, 2003 12:12 AM

Darren, thanks for this post. I've run across similar stats on another site just a couple days ago. Sounds like I've got to read this book (A Churchless Faith). Having witnessed this trend firsthand with some close friends who have recently "given up" on church and feeling my own disillusionment, as well, on the one hand, I'm tempted to say that it's bad news. But on the other hand, I can see some hope in this. Ultimately the church will survive (remember, the gates of hell will not prevail against it), so this trend could very well be the thing to shake the institutional church from its slumber.

chad » 30 September, 2003 12:45 AM

I've read Alan Jamieson's book, and it was (for me at least) a very true and accurate reflection of what's going on. Made a lot of sense, and was very encouraging for me.

What frustrates me is that many I've encountered within church just don't want to know, just don't want to understand. I've blogged more about this here. Suffice to say that I really think that people need to listen to these voices. But I also agree with chad above, that something like this might be the shake-up that the church needs.

Ian » 30 September, 2003 3:03 AM

I've also read the book, and blogged more about it here...

Rachel C » 30 September, 2003 4:34 AM

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