The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Who's not coming to church

It took Neil five minutes to decide he didn't want to come back. After 15 years of staying away, he came back to church searching for answers and peace. In the last two months Neil had lost a job and a brother. But as he entered the church, no one greeted him. He had trouble singing the hymns and following the liturgy. Most people were dressed up; he wore jeans. Neil felt out of place.

  Neil represents many unchurched people who are searching spiritually but aren't being reached by the church. Various surveys indicate that most Americans today — 60 to 75 percent — don't attend church on a regular basis.

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