Churchless: Understanding Today's Unchurched and How to Connect with Them - eBook  -     By: George Barna, David Kinnnamon
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781414395982
ISBN-13: 9781414395982

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Churchless people are all around us: among our closest loved ones, at our workplaces, in our neighborhoods. And more and more, they are becoming the norm: The number of churchless adults in the US has grown by nearly one-third in the past decade. Yet the startling truth is that many of these people claim they are looking for a genuine, powerful encounter with God—but they just don’t find it in church. What are they (or we) missing? How can we better reach out to them? What can we say or do that would inspire them to want to join a community of faith? Containing groundbreaking new research from the Barna Group, and edited by bestselling authors George Barna (Revolution) and David Kinnaman (You Lost Me), Churchless reveals the results of a five-year study based on interviews with thousands of churchless men and women. Looking past the surface of church attendance to deeper spiritual realities, Churchless will help us understand those who choose not to be part of a church, build trust-based relationships with them, and be empowered to successfully invite them to engage.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good information
    February 9, 2015
    danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    I was extremely excited to read this book. Since being introduced to the Barna Group in college, I have always been fascinated with their work. The Barna Group has been conducting research on spiritual opinions and habits of Americans for the last thirty years in an effort to understand the reasons and motivations of churchgoers and non-churchgoers. In Churchless, they more specifically take a look at the departure that Americans have taken from attending churches over the last several decades.

    Of course, the book is flooded with survey results and statistics. This is expected considering the Barna Group is a research company. The plethora of information is informative, eye-opening, and powerful. Through their research, they objectively analyze the downward trends of churchlessness and bible illiteracy in the United States. The study compiled five years of surveys conducted to 20,000 unchurched and churched adults. Specific topics they discuss based on their statistics include the following:

    Thoughts of the unchurched about religion

    Paradox of trusting Christ but not the church

    Family life within the unchurched

    Values and goals of the unchurched

    The authors discovered that American fall into one of four categories as it relates to their relationship with the church:

    Actively Churched = those who attend church on a regular basis (once a month or more)

    Minimally Churched = those who attend church services several times a year but attendance patterns are unpredictable

    De-Churched = those who have been churched in the past but are now taking a break from the church

    Purely Unchurched = those who never attend church

    The authors do not give practical solutions to the alarming results of their study. Rather, they provide basic ideas from their research that the unchurched are more likely to respond to. I believe the authors intent was geared towards providing an awareness of the current trend rather than developing a strategic solution to the overall issue. This can be seen throughout the book as they emphasize church attendance over the act of evangelism.

    They do conclude with a Forward Thinking section that dares one to think critically about how the church can be salt and light in a culture that is increasingly unreceptive to church and religion.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher as part of their review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Churchless - Excellent
    January 8, 2015
    Scott Isley - High Impact Ministries
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Excellent information on today's unchurched. A little lite on connecting with them. Gives more info on what not to do than on what ways work and how to connect with the unchurched. There were no bullet lists on the how tos which would be helpful to many churches.

    HOWEVER, overall I think this is an excellent resource on many levels. I highly recommend this book and have encouraged the leaders in our church outreach training ministry to read it, study it and use the information when training people to reach out.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review of Churchless
    December 17, 2014
    Gail
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Statistics are fascinating to me, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read Barna Groups book Churchless. Barna and Kinnaman do a good job in explaining the various groups of people they surveyed and the results. The book is laid out in such a way that you can review the charts and then read the dialog that explains it in more detail. Churchless presents to readers an analysis of its research, providing information relevant to better connect with those not involved in the American church. The data presented provides the reader with an opportunity to learn about those who are "unchurched" and "de-churched" (and what the difference is). The book offers questions to review the findings and reflect; allowing the reader to think and reflect about the information they read.

    I would recommend this book to those who are interested in a snapshot on Americas population and how the population looks at the church. Depending on the readers background the results will either surprise you or confirm for you what is happening within the American church. If you work in ministry it provides insight that could prove helpful in reaching your community. The tools that have worked in the past are not working now, the book helps explain why and insights on what may be more effective. The reader is also shown how those who are in church and not in church answer the same questions regarding lifestyle. As someone who grew up in the church culture, it was helpful to me to get a glimpse into how people think through the data. It is eye opening to see how things have changed and how people answered the questions presented. I finished the book challenged to be intentional in how I connect with people, asking myself the question Am I showing love as Jesus showed love.



    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commisions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review, "Churchless"
    December 16, 2014
    Dr JSK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Churchless: Understanding Today's Unchurched And How To Connect With Them, written by George Barna and David Kinnaman, published by Tyndale Momentum, is a publication seeking to guide its readers into understanding that reaching the lost is not only a necessity, it is also a possibility.

    Barna and Kinnaman want their readers to understand that there is an increasing number of people who do not attend church. Many of them want to have an encounter with God, but they are not finding a fulfillment to this desire in the local church.

    In this publication, Churchless, Barna and Kinnaman provide important statistical information gathered from men and women that provide a picture and/or a road map to understanding why people don't feel the need to attend church. It also provides a plan of action to help these people understand why they should be attending church.

    This publication is filled with a plethora of useful information, thus it is a recommended purchase.

    Dr. Jeff Krupinski
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Every ministry leader needs to read this book
    December 7, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The number of unchurched in the U.S. has increased by 30% in the last decade. The Barna Group has produced this book to help those in a faith community build bridges between the unchurched and their community.

    The spiritual lives of Americans are changing. Secularization is on the rise. One third of America's adults are essentially secular. The drift away from a Christian nation is predicted to continue in the years to come. Churchgoing is slowly but incontrovertibly losing its role as a normative part of American life. (21) A majority of Americans no longer believe Christianity is the default faith of the nation... (167)

    I was surprised to find out that about 21% of unchurched adults are born-again. The Barna Group explores the reasons why people left the church and areas where they might reconsider a commitment to a faith community. There are those who recognize the value of being in a church community but struggle with the sense that God is missing from church and that Christians are missing the point. (175)

    This is a good book for church leaders to read, including staff, ministry leaders and board members. The culture is changing and this book helps ministry leaders identify wrong assumptions and know where to move forward.

    Consider this: One thing we hear from churchless and unchurched people alike is that they intensely desire the local church to provide what no other group can offer: an experience of the presence of God. (107)

    This book reminds us that unchurched people are looking for the church to provide something they can find no where else. God. How is your church doing in that area?
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