By Paul Seebeck, The Presbyterian News Service.
These are some of the findings in a recently completed worshiping community leaders survey, conducted by Research Services of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
The survey polled leaders from known worshiping communities and new immigrant fellowships within the Presbyterian Church (USA), including recently organized congregations that identify as worshiping communities. Major findings include:
43% are ages 19-39, an additional 9% are ages 13-18
53% are racial ethnic communities
Up to 77% are new to the denomination
The survey also found that 44 percent of the participants had:
Not attended church within the last five years (20%)
No previous religious affiliation (17%)
Were of a non-Christian faith (7%)
In addition, 33 percent had previously participated in churches of other denominations.
“People who have completely given up on church, and mostly on God, are discovering a renewed passion for faith,” said one new worshiping community leader in the survey.