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I’m Spiritual, !
Not Religious
How Stewardship Can Make a Difference
•True or False:	

•The spiritual but not religious are not
members of congregations	

•Most people who identify themselves...
•True or False:	

•Those who are not religiously affiliated are
most frequently found among younger
adults	

•The unaffiliat...
Our Desire:!
!
To draw people to Christ!
through our parish
communities, !
leading them to live as
disciples and stewards.
!
The SBNR:!
32% are unaffiliated!
2/3 have a religious
affiliation!
!
15% of the SBNR
self-identify as
Catholic!
!
!
!
!
Let’...
The Unaffiliated:!
!
•42% describe
themselves as neither
a religious nor a
spiritual person!
•18% self-identify as
religious...
The view is not quite
as clear as it may seem
Surveying the Landscape
Of those who were baptized
within the Catholic faith:!
!
68% are still Catholic!
15% Protestant*!
...
Surveying the Landscape
The Unaffiliated:!
!
Have the lowest retention rates
of any major religious groups!
!
!
!
•Most who ...
What Do They Seek?
Spiritual dimension!
Personal connection!
Mission/Meaning
What Do
They Seek?
• Spiritual dimension!
“They see spirituality as connected to all of
their life, not a compartment with...
What Do
They Seek?
• Personal connection!
“What helps you grow spiritually?”!
1. Participation in Mass!
2. Good friends wh...
What Do
They Seek?
• Mission/Meaning!
85% of Millennials said they are motivated to give
by a compelling mission or cause,...
How can stewardship
make a difference?
• Hospitality!
• Discipleship and Stewardship!
• Relationship in Community!
*Special...
How can stewardship
make a difference?
• Hospitality!
• Genuine welcome!
• Reach out! -- Build bridges!
• Cultivate an enga...
How can stewardship
make a difference?
• Form a community of disciples who live as
stewards!
• Expectation: Discipleship!
•...
How can stewardship
make a difference?
• Form a community of disciples who live as
stewards!
• Make spiritual connections!
...
How can stewardship
make a difference?
• Relationship within Community!
• Person-to-Person!
• Life circumstances!
• Learnin...
How can stewardship
make a difference?
• *Special attention needed!!
• Children!
• Parents!
• Youth!
• Young adults!
Resources, Articles
Articles:
• Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life!
• “Nones” on the Rise!
• Growth of the Nonreligious...
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I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: How Stewardship Can Make a Difference -- ICSC 2013

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I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: How Stewardship Can Make a Difference -- ICSC 2013

  1. 1. I’m Spiritual, ! Not Religious How Stewardship Can Make a Difference
  2. 2. •True or False: •The spiritual but not religious are not members of congregations •Most people who identify themselves as spiritual but not religious do not believe in God A show of hands!
  3. 3. •True or False: •Those who are not religiously affiliated are most frequently found among younger adults •The unaffiliated are a stable, yet growing segment of the population A show of hands!
  4. 4. Our Desire:! ! To draw people to Christ! through our parish communities, ! leading them to live as disciples and stewards.
  5. 5. ! The SBNR:! 32% are unaffiliated! 2/3 have a religious affiliation! ! 15% of the SBNR self-identify as Catholic! ! ! ! ! Let’s Get Acquainted!! ! ! ! The SBNR:! 45% are male! 55% are female! ! 23% are 18-29! 37% are 30-49! 30% are 50-64! 11% are 65+! ! !
  6. 6. The Unaffiliated:! ! •42% describe themselves as neither a religious nor a spiritual person! •18% self-identify as religious! •37% describe themselves as spiritual but not religious! Let’s Get Acquainted! The Unaffiliated:! ! •30% of Americans under age 30 are unaffiliated! ! !
  7. 7. The view is not quite as clear as it may seem
  8. 8. Surveying the Landscape Of those who were baptized within the Catholic faith:! ! 68% are still Catholic! 15% Protestant*! 14% unaffiliated*! 3% other religion! ! ! !*10% of Americans self-identify as former Catholics! “Most who decided to leave their childhood faith say they did so before reaching age 24”Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: Faith in Flux!
  9. 9. Surveying the Landscape The Unaffiliated:! ! Have the lowest retention rates of any major religious groups! ! ! ! •Most who were raised unaffiliated now belong to some religion. They are:! •Attracted by religious services/styles of worship! •Have been spiritually unfulfilled! •Feel called by God!
  10. 10. What Do They Seek? Spiritual dimension! Personal connection! Mission/Meaning
  11. 11. What Do They Seek? • Spiritual dimension! “They see spirituality as connected to all of their life, not a compartment within their life. We need bridges between Monday-to- Friday and Sunday.”! David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group! September, 2010 USAToday!
  12. 12. What Do They Seek? • Personal connection! “What helps you grow spiritually?”! 1. Participation in Mass! 2. Good friends who share faith with me! 3. Daily prayer! 4. Belonging to my parish! ! Spiritual Needs Survey (Focus Group)
  13. 13. What Do They Seek? • Mission/Meaning! 85% of Millennials said they are motivated to give by a compelling mission or cause, and 56% by a personal connection or trust in the leadership of the organization. ! 79% of respondents volunteered for organizations in 2010, with the primary obstacle to volunteering being a lack of time.! ! Millennial Impact Report
  14. 14. How can stewardship make a difference? • Hospitality! • Discipleship and Stewardship! • Relationship in Community! *Special attention needed!
  15. 15. How can stewardship make a difference? • Hospitality! • Genuine welcome! • Reach out! -- Build bridges! • Cultivate an engaging community! • 4:1!
  16. 16. How can stewardship make a difference? • Form a community of disciples who live as stewards! • Expectation: Discipleship! • Spirituality: Stewardship! • Build on what is already present!
  17. 17. How can stewardship make a difference? • Form a community of disciples who live as stewards! • Make spiritual connections! • Witness to life impact on giver and receiver! • Cultivate gratitude, build trust!
  18. 18. How can stewardship make a difference? • Relationship within Community! • Person-to-Person! • Life circumstances! • Learning! • Prayer! • Small groups
  19. 19. How can stewardship make a difference? • *Special attention needed!! • Children! • Parents! • Youth! • Young adults!
  20. 20. Resources, Articles Articles: • Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life! • “Nones” on the Rise! • Growth of the Nonreligious! • Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S. ! • Millennial Donors! • CARA! • The Impact of Religious Switching and Secularization on the Estimated Size of the U.S. Adult Catholic Population! • American Statesman! • ‘Spiritual but not religious’ becoming more common self-identification! • CNN Belief Blog! • Why millennials need the church! • Insights into Religion! • Reversing the Exodus: 7 characteristics of congregations that successfully attract young adults! Books: • Smith, Christian, with Patricia Snell, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults! • Winseman, Albert L., Growing an Engaged Church! • Anslinger, Leisa, Turning Hearts to Christ; Forming Generous Hearts

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