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USAToday provides a story in a paper last week, and on-line here. It is also on the their front page on the internet and is the most commented upon story.

The USAToday article focused on the views of the unchurched in a few key areas. The story is attracting a slew of comments in their feedback section.

The good folks at  LifeWay communications office have just released our story on the research here.

Our focus is more on the opportunities for people to share their faith:

Open to friendsDespite their negative opinions about the institutional church, most unchurched people are open to discussing spiritual matters with a friend. The research showed that:

–78 percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to listen to someone who wanted to talk about their Christian beliefs. The number rose to 89 percent among adults 18-29 years of age.

–Only 28 percent of adults 30 years and older said they think Christians they know talk to them too much about their beliefs.

–78 percent of adults 30 years and older said they would enjoy an honest conversation with a friend about religious and spiritual beliefs, even if they disagreed with the friend.

“Even though the unchurched have a confused view of God and a negative view of the church, they are overwhelmingly open to someone sharing about their Christian faith,” Stetzer said. “We think religion is a topic that is off-limits in polite conversation, but unchurched people say they would enjoy conversations about spiritual matters.”

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