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  • 1. Australians & the Church in Changing Times:Attitudes to Christianity & the Church. Mark McCrindle Friday 5 October 2012
  • 2. Religious Affiliation 61.1% 61.1% 2.2% 2.2% 2.5% 2.5% 1.3% 1.3% 0.5% 0.5% 0.8% 0.8% 22.3% 22.3% 8.6% 8.6% Source: ABS Census 2011 Data
  • 3. Australians & Religion:“Christian”, “Spiritual” & “None”.What is your religion?
  • 4. Spirituality & Religion DefinedSpirituality = “Self awareness” = “A deeper connection”Religion = “Attendance” = “Tasks” = “Obligations”
  • 5. Population Change & the Church 11.5 million 23 million
  • 6. Population Change & the Church 11.5 million 23 million 2.6 million at church 1.6 million at church
  • 7. Builders Generation: Retirees 70+ 9% adults 21% church
  • 8. Baby Boomers: Empty Nesters 60-69: 12% adults 17% church 50-59: 16% adults 19% church
  • 9. Generation X:Young Families 40-49: 17% adults 18% church 30-39: 17% adults 12% church
  • 10. Generation Y:Emerging Adults 20-29: 20% adults 8% church
  • 11. Generation Z: Youth 15-19: 9% adults 6% church
  • 12. Christianity’s Top Ten Belief Blockers(5 related to perceptions of current practice) • Exclusivity • Issues around money • Authoritarian • Hypocrisy/Judging • Outdated
  • 13. Belief blockers:Christianity & the Church (“massive negative”)To what extent do the following attract or repel you...? Not open to change
  • 14. Significant “warmth” towards ChristianityWhat best describes your current beliefs & attitudes towards Christianity?
  • 15. Why I don’t go
  • 16. Outgrowing ReligionWhat best describes your current religious status?
  • 17. Religious identity, but less activityHow active are you in practicing your religion?
  • 18. Religious conversations: not routine, but not taboo.Do you ever talk about spirituality or religion when you gather with friends?
  • 19. Significant belief in JesusWas Jesus a real person from history?
  • 20. When did Jesus live?
  • 21. Reasonable acceptance of the miraculousTo what extent do you believe the following?
  • 22. Surprising knowledge of Jesus’ wordsWhich of the following statements can be accurately attributed to Jesus?

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