While 67% of the most highly religious Americans talk about their faith at least once a week, the majority of Americans tend to avoid discussing religion. The Pew Forum’s latest survey of religion in American found that 33% of U.S. adults seldom talk about religion, while 16% never talk about religion with those outside their family, and even among their own families, the four in ten were still reluctant to discuss religion.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Church leaders may have a skewed perspective on how often people talk about faith.
How do we start a conversation people aren’t interested in having? There’s no escaping that roughly half of Americans aren’t even interested in discussing religion in the first place. Are there ways to have meaningful conversations about faith even when religion appears to be off limits?
What are the turn-offs for people with religion? You may have heard that it’s bad manners to discuss religion with a stranger. Are there ways to bring up your faith in ways that may make people more willing to listen and to engage in a conversation?
The highly religious Americans are another story: While the highly religious have no problem talking about religion, are there ways to help them speak to the uninterested in ways that aren’t alienating or counterproductive?
How receptive are people in your community to discussions about religion?
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