By Rick McClatchy
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American Christianity is in the throes of some big shifts, which call for tremendous changes in the church. For the past seven years there was a one percent decrease in the number of people connected with organized religion. At the same time, there was an increased interest in spirituality. These trends are most pronounced among the younger generation.[i] The message we need to hear from this is that our churches are not adequately connecting with the spiritual yearnings of many in the younger generation.
This shift can be seen in some of the data shared by Diana Butler Bass in her book, Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. When people were asked in 1999 to indicate religious orientation the following was reported:
30% Spiritual Only
54% Religious Only
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