Wednesday, August 26, 2015
America, the Mission Field: The Nones Are All Around Us
The front page of USA Today read, “Protestants lose majority status in the U.S.” It just happened to catch my eye as I walked past a newsstand. I thought to myself, “Okay, but what could have taken its place? Catholicism is dying – is this about Mormonism?”
The article explained that Protestant numbers are down from 53% in 2007 to 48% today. But these Protestants didn’t switch to a new religious brand. They just let go of any faith affiliation or label. According to the Pew Forum, one in five Americans now claims no religious identity. None. That means there are now more “nones” in the U.S. than any other protestant denomination.
Warren Bird from Leadership Network concludes that: “More than 1 out of every 3 adults (33%) in America is unchurched. This means they haven’t attended a religious service of any type during the past year. This represents some 125 million Americans. That number alone would be the 10th largest country in the world!” (September 9, 2012, leadnet.org)
Does that mean the U.S. is now a mission field? I think the more appropriate question is WHEN WAS IT NOT? Keep reading
Posted by Robin G. Jordan at 11:52 AM