The Rapid Decline of Christianity in America

What the Latest Pew Research Reveals

Gregory A. Smith, Todd Wilson and Ron Edmondson

SUMMARY

The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at breakneck speed. But what does the latest research reveal about the religious composition and churchgoing habits of Americans?

According to the latest Pew Research Study:

  • Church attendance is down by over 7%
  • Only 49% of Millennials identify as Christians
  • The number of Americans who classify themselves as “religious nones” has grown by 30 million in the past decade 
  • Only 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians, down 12% over the past decade.

These numbers likely concern you. So where do we go from here?

To provide clarity and insight on the newest analysis, we’ll hear from Associate Director of Research Pew Research Center, Gregory Smith.

Join us for this free webinar, hosted by Exponential CEO Todd Wilson and Leadership Network CEO Ron Edmondson, and learn what the latest research means for the local church and church leaders.

In the webinar you’ll learn: 
  • Key findings from a new analysis by Pew Research Center
  • The newest trends in the religious composition and churchgoing habits of Americans
  • What this means for churches and churches leadership


Webinar Leaders

Gregory A. Smith
Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center

Gregory A. Smith is associate director of research at Pew Research Center. He helps to coordinate the Center’s domestic polling on religion. Smith also writes reports and provides information to news media and others about religion and public opinion, religion and American politics, and the political views of Catholics. Smith holds a doctorate in government from the University of Virginia, where he was a fellow at the Center on Religion and Democracy. He is an author of the 2007 and 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Studies, the 2010 U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, the 2007 and 2011 Pew Research Center surveys of Muslim Americans, the 2012 Mormons in America report and the 2012 report “Nones” on the Rise. He also wrote Politics in the Parish: The Political Influence of Catholic Priests (Georgetown University Press, 2008). Smith has been interviewed as an analyst by a variety of broadcast media, including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC and NPR, and by The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today, among other print media.

Todd Wilson
President and CEO of Exponential

Todd is a Kingdom entrepreneur. He spends the majority of his time starting and working with organizations committed to Kingdom impact and multiplication. Todd is a founding member of Exponential, which organizes and hosts the annual Exponential conference in Orlando and live events throughout the United States and world. Todd serves as President and CEO of Exponential, providing vision and strategic direction to the organization. Todd lives in Manassas, Virginia, with his wife, Anna. They have two sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law: Ben (married to Therese) and Chris (married to Mariah).

Ron Edmondson
CEO of Leadership Network

Ron Edmondson is a pastor, teacher and church leadership consultant and currently the CE0 of Leadership Network. Leadership Network has a huge footprint in helping church achieve Kingdom growth. Prior to this, Ron pastored for 16 years, leading in two church plants and two revitalizations. Ron believes the church should be a positive influencer for change in a community. Ron spent over 20 years in the business world and served as an elected city councilperson and vice-mayor and on dozens of national, state, and local non-profit boards. Ron is the author of The Mythical Leader — 7 Myths of Leadership.

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