What is the difference between people who attend church and people who do not? How are the lives of those in the pews different from those who sleep in on Sunday mornings?
That’s the question of Churchless, edited by George Barna and David Kinnaman and based on the work of the Barna Group. The Barna Group has conducted research to understand the “churched” – those who attend church – and the “unchurched” – those who do not attend church. Churchless is an effort to show how the two groups are similar or different, and more importantly, how the two groups can connect.
The biggest strength of the book is that it is research-based with multiple samples over several years. The aspects of the unchurched and churched that are discussed are diverse and detailed, such as analyses of their media usage and what they value in life in general.
Churchless acknowledges that there are born-again Christians no longer attending church, but it doesn’t speculate much on why they have left the church in the first place.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Churchless for review purposes from Tyndale House.