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As culture changes, pastors and boards are experimenting with new approaches for communicating the gospel to the masses of people who are turned off by the church and don't believe the Bible.
Here's a presentation used by Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta.
Nones and Post-Christians now
account for about half of Twin Cities metro population
This 230-page book is loaded with survey statistics, trends and analysis about Christians in the United States in 2017.
Covers four main sections about what's new and what's next at the intersection of faith and culture:
• The World Millennials Are Building
• Three Shifts Redefining Romance
• Racial Tension in America
• State of the Church
44% of Americans are now Post-Christian
Click for Barna summary and research
Click for 46-page PDF report with startling statistics on how fast our culture is changing
Churches will have to find new language and new forms for post-Christian generations having little or no Christian understanding, often hostile, and develop smaller venues for people at various stages of their spiritual journey. One size will no longer fit all.
% by age group
In 2016, average weekly Catholic worship service attendance in Twin Cities was 1,059,
compared to 1,190 in 2010
In 2016, average weekly Protestant worship service attendance in Twin Cities was 155,
compared to 200 in 2010
Average Protestant Attendance
Twin Cities Churches 2010-2016
Modern culture is putting pressure
on church size
Click for analysis