Top Ten Findings!
1. The larger part of the Christian community does not engage with a church congregation on a regular basis.
2. Those who have 'de-affiliated' from congregations may be the fasted growing sector of Christianity. They often remain committed Christians.
3. The single strongest response in the survey was to the statement, "I do not believe that I need to attend church to be a Christian". 86 per cent agreed with that statement
4. Many had been disappointed by 'superficial' discipleship and worship within the church, and desire genuine encounters with God.
5. The research identifies a number of factors that lead people to leave a church, including life crises, changes in individuals, issues of relevance and issues of worship style and theology.
6. Nearly half of those surveyed agreed with the statement, "Church feels like 'another planet'"
7. Most 'unaffiliated Christians' seek fellowship with friends, with informal groups or online
8. 8 per cent indicated that they would welcome the opportunity "to join a small group of Christians who meet in homes and discuss faith and life together".
9. Investigating the Invisible Church identifies a number of factors that lead people to leave a church, including life crises, changes in individuals, issues of relevance and issues of worship style and theology.
10. One of the questions posed in the research is the following: "Are those Christians who are exploring non-congregational forms of faith journeying best seen as the fall-out of congregational decline or the avant-garde of something new or something else?"
What do you think?