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Monday, March 19, 2007

1/3rd

The Barna Update: March 19, 2007
Life in America has changed greatly since 1994, but one constant has been the proportion of adults in the population who are unchurched. The annual tracking study of religious behaviors conducted by The Barna Group shows that one-third of the population is currently unchurched - meaning they have not attended a religious service of any type during the past six months. Some segments of the population are substantially more likely than others to remain outside the walls of the church, and a new book by a pastor and an atheist provides some insights into why that is. To figure out what’s going on with church attendance, read the free Barna Update edition just posted to the Barna Group’s website. Click on the link below or go to www.barna.org and click on the main story.

1 in 3 People in America are unchurched. Then consider the sobering fact that many of those who are "churched" (the other 2/3rds) are not followers of Christ. Even if half are Believers, that's only 100 million or 1/3rd of the 300 million in America.

What are we doing? Are we so busy playing video games, keeping up with Survivor, and watching March Madness that we don't have time to invest in the lives of those around us? (I've done 2 of 3 the last week) I'm preaching to myself--but I'm not alone.

Ask yourself this sobering question: How many people have you led to Christ in the last 12 months?

Perhaps, you say, you've shared but have had no takers. No problem. How many have you shared Christ with the last 12 months?

"Each day proclaim the good news that he saves." Psalm 96:2b, NLT

What will you do tomorrow to change your answer? I know what I'm going to do.