Research Report: What Does Spirituality Mean to Us?

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While many people are disaffiliating from religion, we also know that the vast majority of Americans still identify as spiritual (8 out of 10). But what does that mean? What a church-goer means by spiritual may be quite different from what a religious “none” means by it.

To do effective missions and ministry in contemporary American society, we need to better understand what the people around us mean when they say they are spiritual. Recently, the Fetzer Institute leveraged sociologists and demographers to study that question. This definitive report collects their core findings.  If nothing else, read the Introduction and Overview (pages 2-6). It might change some of your ministry strategies as we pursue the Great Commission.

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