The real reasons the unchurched don’t attend church

Yesterday, I featured a post about why people attend church.

Today, I give you this post about why non-christians are NOT attending church:

Of course, this is NOT a real study… but a graphic compiled by Chris Rosebrough… one of my discernment friends.

He also lists scripture references for each point.

I’d like to hear what YOU think about this.

How does this correlate with how you see the work of the church in evangelism?

How does this relate to how your church relates to the non-Christian.

I was challenged on Twitter that I would ignore this study.  OK… I took the bait.  :)

What do YOU think?  Is this helpful at all in understanding the unchurched, non-christian mindset?

Leave your comment below…



Facebook and church discipline

Facebook provides an interesting look for pastors into the lives of their congregation.

Sometimes very interesting.

But should information gleaned from Facebook or social media be used by pastors as spiritual tools, or even reason for church discipline?

Father Gary LaMoine of Assumption Church in Barnesville, MN says a post from a 17-year-old parishioner Lennon Cihak on Facebook showing that he was helping defeat a marriage amendment in Minnesota that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Father LaMoine prevented Cihak from taking communion.

So… what do YOU think?

Chances are, you’ve already seen some things on some of your church attender’s Facebook and Twitter feeds that made you uncomfortable.

What do you do when this happens?

Do you confront?

What if this person is one of your leaders?

QUESTION:  Should social networking posts and profiles have any impact on what you do as a pastor or church leader?

How do you approach this?

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Pastoral Stress

Pastoral Stress

We all know that serving the church is stressful.  Extremely stressful.

Well, a new study by the British Psychological Society has a simple solution that will help cut your stress level.  And I think you should try it right now.

Here it is…

Shut of your smartphone and ignore your social networks.

In fact… here are the recommendations from the study:

Organisations will not flourish if their employees are stressed, irrespective of the source of stress, so it is in their interest to encourage their employees to switch their phones off; cut the number of work emails sent out of hours, reduce people’s temptation to check their devices.

If you need to cut the stress level for the rest of the afternoon, try shutting off your smartphone for an hour.  Do the same with your facebook and twitter accounts; and with your gmail.

You’ll find that you’ll be a little less ‘on the edge’.  And that nothing catestrophic will probably happen in the next hour.  If something does, just put out the fire and move on.

Give it a try; and share here how it felt.


Social Media Status Update

Social Media Status Update

Cool infographic that shows just how big an impact social media is making at the beginning of 2012:

Where should I post?

Where should I post?

Finally… some sensical reasoning for when/when/why to post to social networking sites.

Just follow the simple flow chart:

OK… post away!

60% of us church-goers like to text

60% of us church-goers like to text

A new survey from Pew says that some 40% of Americans are active in a church, religious, or spiritual organization. Compared with those who are not involved with such organizations, religiously active Americans are more trusting of others, are more optimistic about their impact on their community, think more highly of their community, are more involved in more organizations of all kinds, and devote more time to the groups to which they are active.

When it comes to their technology profile, Americans who are members of religious groups are just as likely as others to use the internet, have broadband at home, use cell phones, use text messaging, and use social networking sites and Twitter.

Here’s a breakdown of more of the findings:

– 9 percent of those actively involved in religious groups use Twitter, the same percentage as the general population.

– 46 percent of those in religious groups use social networking sites — almost identical to the 47 percent of all adults.

– 60 percent of both groups use text messaging.

– 79 percent of those actively involved in religious groups use the Internet while 76 percent of all adults do so.

– 9 percent of weekly churchgoers use Twitter (15 percent of monthly churchgoers and 14 percent of less frequent churchgoers do so). 

– 26 percent of weekly churchgoers make donations online (35 percent of monthly churchgoers; 27 percent of less frequent churchgoers).

– 70 percent of weekly churchgoers who have a cell phone send or receive text messages (80 percent of monthly churchgoers; 77 percent of less frequent churchgoers).

– 36 percent of weekly churchgoers use their cell phone to access the Internet (51 percent of monthly churchgoers; 45 percent of less frequent churchgoers). 

via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Baptist Press

Reality of Twitter

Reality of Twitter

Mild language alert.  But what Louis C. K. says is, pretty much, true these days…


Mom on Facebook?

Mom on Facebook?

This infographic from Flowtown shows the trends of older Americans on social networking sites.  This number is increasing dramatically.

Take a look at this:

Found here.

So… just wondering?  Is YOUR mom on Facebook?

(Mine is… and she’s 89!)


Facebook is #1

Facebook is #1

Margaret Feinberg recently pointed out that Nielsen just came out with a new social media report showing almost 1/4th of Americans’ time on the internet is spent on blogs and social media. Winning by a landslide, Facebook is the leading social website in the US.*

More minutes were spent on Facebook, both at work and at home, than 75 times the second leading social network, Blogger:

Facebook- 53,457,258 minutes

Blogger- 723,793

Tumblr- 623,525

Twitter- 565,156

LinkedIn- 325,679

In terms of Web brands, Facebook had 3 times the minutes spent on it than leading #2 brand, Yahoo.

Facebook- 53.5 billion minutes

Yahoo- 17.2

Google- 12.5

via Margaret Feinberg.

98% use social media

98% use social media

According to Experian Simmons, 98% is one eye-opening statistic for any reader, but that’s how many adults aged eighteen to twenty-four in the United States are reportedly using social media in a typical month. The study, conducted by consumer insight service Experian Simmons, estimates that roughly 129 million people — that’s 41.37% of the total US population of 311.8 million — are using social media to stay in touch with both friends and family.

More statistics:

46% of all online adults use social media to communicate with friends, up from 32% in 2009.

27% say they use social media to stay in touch with their siblings, up from 15% in 2009.

18% use social media to stay in touch with their children, up from just 6% of online adults in 2009

14% of adult children use social media to communicate with their parents, up from 5% in 2009.

via 98% of online US adults aged 18-24 use social media.

WOW… 98% of 18-24 year olds are using social media in a month (primarily Twitter and Facebook, I would imagine).  That would tend to tell me that if your church is anywhere close to reaching 18-24 year olds, that you would have a well-thought out social media strategy in place to attract or at least to engage them.

Does YOUR church?

Why or why not?



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