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Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
Australians and the church in changing times
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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related to perceptions of current practice) • Exclusivity • Issues around money • Authoritarian • Hypocrisy/Judging • Outdated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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