Who Are the Never Attenders Today?

Episode #837
January 23, 2024
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Based on the outstanding research of Ryan Burge, we can see more clearly who are and who are not attending church today. Thom and Sam look at his latest research on the Never Attenders, a growing group in America.

    • Ryan Burge has become the go-to person for much research on the composition of church attendance.
    • In 2008, 20% of all respondents reported never attending religious services. By 2022, that share had risen to 34%, over 45 million Americans who are new to this category.
    • In the past, the most prominent predictor for Never Attenders was political and age: Democrats and young adults.
    • Today, the Never Attenders are coming from almost every demographic group. They look like the demographic composition of America.
    • Next week: How do we reach the Never Attenders?


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