For the first time in the Gallup poll’s eight-decade history

For the first time in the Gallup poll’s eight-decade history, in 2020 church membership in the United States fell below 50 percent in America. From World War II all the way to the mid-1990s, church membership among adults was nearly always above 70 percent. The precipitous decline occurred across...

The death of denominations in America

One of the primary lenses through which demographers can track religious decline is through denominational records. Almost every large religious tradition has been tracking their total membership for decades as a means of understanding where churches are growing and where they are declining....

Dechurching: who is leaving?

No group of people is immune from the Great Dechurching. The dechurched are almost evenly split between men and women (52 percent and 48 percent respectively). According to our study, Roman Catholics, Protestants, and those who identify as “other Christian” have all dechurched equally at 32...

Are educated or uneducated dechurching?

In every tradition, the more education people have, the more likely they are to stay in church. This offers a surprising challenge to the common belief that higher education is facilitating departures from the church. Many Christian colleges were founded based on the belief that secular liberal...

Mental health and the dechurched

In phase 3 of our study, we looked at the mental health of dechurched evangelicals, and it became clear that anxiety, depression, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts were major factors in their lives. When asked to rate themselves on a scale of 0–100 in these areas, with 0 being very negative and...

Dechurching: what a difference 50 years makes

It’s hard to fully grasp just how much different American’s behavior is around church attendance today versus fifty years ago. The General Social Survey (GSS) is the gold standard for measuring religious changes in the United States. It has been asking the same questions with the same response...

The Great Dechurching & reasons for hope

As our data poured in on the Great Dechurching, one truth became increasingly clear: what looks like defeat to many could really be the beginning of something special. Tens of millions of people may be leaving the church, and more than eighty-six churches may be closing every week, but if we have...

The Dechurched are not atheists

When social scientists think about religion, they typically categorize religiosity in three ways: behavior, belief, and belonging. Behavior is measured through things like church attendance or amount of offering donated to a religious organization. Belief is assessed through asking questions about...

The surprising orthodoxy of the dechurched

Early in our research, it was disorienting to realize how orthodox the dechurched still are in their beliefs. This brought equal parts hope and confusion. Sixty-eight percent of dechurched evangelicals (DE), 69 percent of dechurched mainliners (DM), and 63 percent of dechurched Roman Catholics...

The Dechurched: What THEY said would bring the back

Belonging (or lack thereof) is the primary pain point many dechurched feel. Of all the things people said would make them likely to return, this is the greatest felt need. We asked two vital questions to understand the animating concerns of the dechurched: What made you leave? And what would...

 

 

 

 

All these Bible Studies and More

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20 Questions

If you can read 20 Questions, you can lead a Bible Study.

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We provide answers in the form of quotes from people like Charles Swindoll, David Jeremiah, and John Ortberg that will make you sound brilliant.

Why we must discuss

We are changed more by what we say than what we hear. Paul said, “SPEAKING the truth… we grow.” Jesus said it is what comes out of a man that changes him. James said your words are the rudder of your life. Effective teachers lead people to speak the truth, not just hear the truth.

Weary of Struggling to Recruit Teachers?

A common problem in all churches–big churches and little churches–is the need for more workers. Jesus said it would be true. He said, “the harvest is plentiful is but the workers are few.” Question-based Bible Study Lessons makes recruiting teachers a whole lot easier.

Knowing God

“A hundred years from now only a handful of books written today will still be widely read and accepted as Christian classics. Dr. James I. Packer’s Knowing God may well prove to be one of them. A gifted theologian and writer, Dr. Packer has the rare ability to deal with profound and basic spiritual truths in a practical and highly readable way. This book will help every reader grasp in a fuller way one of the Bible’s greatest truths: that we can know God personally, because God wants us to know him.” Billy Graham

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The Pursuit of Holiness

“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Navigator author Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do—and what we should take responsibility for ourselves. As you deepen your relationship with God, learn more about His character, and understand the Holy Spirit’s role in holiness, your spiritual growth will mature.

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Discussion-based Lessons

Discussion-based lessons have groups talking and changing. We are changed more by what we say than what we hear. "Instead SPEAKING the truth (not just hearing the truth) we will grow." Ephesians 4.15 https://www.youtube.com/embed/lduldVUA8-4

Tony Evans: What is following God REALLY like?

God rarely ever moves you from where you are to where He wants you to be without taking you on a road trip first. He doesn’t go from A to B to C. He goes from A to Z to T to R to F to D, meandering you to your destiny. Before you can ever get to where God wants you to be, He has to do some twists and turns. This is because in...

If you can avoid the temptation, you can avoid the sin

If I ask you what comes to mind when I say “Michael Jordan,” you probably think “basketball.” I say “Warren Buffett,” and you think “money.” I say “Helen Mirren,” and you think “acting.” So when I say “Samson,” what do you think? The answer should have been this: Oh, wow. He’s, like, the Bible’s superhero! Awesome strength....

Is Christian living active or passive?

https://youtu.be/peSXylMinnQ

Living fully alive

https://youtu.be/1NY_Ed-IILY

Tony Evans: How to have a big, successful, visible ministry

There is a phrase we see pop up a lot with regard to Joseph’s life. That phrase is, “And the LORD was with Joseph.” Over and over we see these words. Whether Joseph was in the pit, the prison, or the palace—the Lord was with him. Not only that, but we also see God’s hand of favor with him causing whatever he touched to prosper...

What’s on your bucket list?

https://youtu.be/6kjaSRp8SZA

One last thing… from Jesus

https://youtu.be/rIBZTBn007Q

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