The Next Wave of Departures in Churches (and What Your Church Can Do to Prevent It)

Episode #807
June 27, 2023
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There are essentially three groups of people who attend churches: the committed Christians; the casual Christians, and the cultural Christians. Thom and Sam look at each of these groups and offer a sobering prediction: the casual Christians will be the next wave of departures in churches.

    • Why the committed Christians will stick.
    • Why the cultural Christians are leaving en masse.
    • Why the casual Christian will be the next group to leave.
    • What your church can do to prevent further departures.


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