Andy Butcher has an interesting article in Charisma Magazine Online called When Christians Quit Church. The article includes an interview with Todd Hunter, and focuses on a myriad of reasons why Christians are continuing to leave the institutional church. Most of the answers offered are nothing exceptionally new or fresh, but the statistics are interesting, and the article approaches the question, "How will the church look in the future?" Below are some quotes from the article. Read the full article HERE.
David Barrett, author of the World Christian Encyclopedia, estimates there are about 112 million "churchless Christians" worldwide. He projects that number will double by 2025--though it includes both nominal believers and those part of underground churches in nations where they face persecution for their faith.
A Charisma investigation has also dispelled some other myths about Christians who are part of this trend. They are not necessarily postmodern 20-somethings rejecting anything of their parents' generation, nor are they grudge-bearing grumpies carrying an offense from a previous church life.
From his studies of the phenomenon, Strom sees not just a bunch of belligerent, AWOL worshipers but "a grass-roots hunger for change in the church, for reality ... more than the latest church-growth stuff or conference.