Understanding the Nominally Churched

April 30, 2019
Episode #532
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To reach the nominally churched and to get them more involved in church, you must first understand them. Today we discuss who the nominally churched are before we discuss how to reach them in the next episode.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The early college years is one of the most common times people drop out of church for a season.
  • Family connections can be a clear draw to return to church.
  • Divorce is the most common reason for adults to drop out of church or leave a church.
  • If someone goes from churched to nominally churched, they’ll likely be unchurched within 6-9 months. People usually don’t stay nominally churched.

The nine aspects to understand about the nominally churches that we discuss are:

  1. Those who attend 15 or fewer times a year
  2. Not unchurched
  3. Not inactive or CEO
  4. Often family connections
  5. Often dealing with life stage issues
  6. Sometimes responding to hurt from the church
  7. Often not Christians
  8. Typically an intermediate stage
  9. How do reach them?

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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