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Trends in Faith Involvement:
Where is moderate
involvement heading?
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Faith Involvement Is Ceasing or Increasing

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l Percept's Ethos Surveys indicate faith involvement is moving towards the edges—either ceasing or increasing. Looking across three different national Ethos surveys, a curious story emerges that tracks well with voices insisting that Christianity has been moved to the cultural margins. While no faith involvement and strong faith involvement are fluctuating, the group of people who say they are somewhat involved is steadily decreasing. People are either increasing faith involvement or moving away from it completely. This may suggest the fading of a merely cultural Christianity. . . l
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Ethos Survey Asked l
"Indicate your level of involvement with
your faith both now and 10 years ago."
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l 1991 l 1994 l 1998  l
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l 33.5% l 37.8% l 34.9% l
l SOMEWHAT
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l 31.4% l 30.1% l 29.9% l
l STRONGLY
INVOLVED
l 35.1% l 32.0% l 35.3% l
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l SOURCE: 1991, 1994, 1998 ETHOS SURVEY  © 2008 PERCEPT GROUP, INC. l
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Look for indicators of the end of cultural Christianity
in your community.
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l Invite a dialogue with your church's leadership about the end
of cultural Christianity. Do they see evidence of such a shift?
Ask your leadership what implications there might be
(or already are) of what this data suggests.
l Ask people in your congregation if their faith involvement has increased. Ask them to explain why?
l Consider visiting people who have left the church (not just transferred). Ask them what happened for them.
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Consider the ways you shape and tell the Christian story.
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l How could this information affect how sermons are designed
and delivered?
l What will this shift mean for how your faith community
tells its story?
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