The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reading the Religiously Unaffiliated
The single fastest growing religious group of our time is those who check the box next to the word none on national surveys. In America, this is 20 percent of the population. Exactly who are the unaffiliated? What caused this...
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The single fastest growing religious group of our time is those who check the box next to the word none on national surveys. In America, this is 20 percent of the population. Exactly who are the unaffiliated? What caused this seismic shift in our culture? Are our churches poised to reach these people?
James Emery White lends his prophetic voice to one of the most important conversations the church needs to be having today. He calls churches to examine their current methods of evangelism, which often result only in transfer growth--Christians moving from one church to another--rather than in reaching the "nones." The pastor of a megachurch that is currently experiencing 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched, White knows how to reach this growing demographic, and here he shares his ministry strategies with concerned pastors and church leaders.
James Emery White (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) was the fourth president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which began with a single family and grew to over 3,000 families with over 5,000 active attenders. Mecklenburg experiences more than 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched.He holds . He has done advanced graduate study at Vanderbilt University, and continuing studies at Oxford University, Oxford, England. White is the author of twelve books, including Embracing the Mysterious God; A Search for the Spiritual; Serious Times and The Prayer God Longs For.