from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not belonging to or participating in a church.
- n. People who do not belong to or participate in a church considered as a group. Used with the.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Who does not generally attend church.
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The only difference is the nearly synonymous last word -- Richardson didn't say "unchurched" -- he said "unaffiliated."
I don't know what, honestly - I never thought I'd find myself "unchurched" - and comfortable with it.
Stetzer said young adults classified as "unchurched" - those who have never been to church or stopped going - hunger for something deeper than upbeat music and a pep talk.
It is no wonder that more and more people in this country identify as "unchurched" in national polls.
The unchurched are the growth group last I looked.
They may not agree that evangelizing the unchurched is a higher priority than worship and nurture.
Meanwhile, negativity ratings were highest among the so-called unchurched - a serious problem for a denomination that places a premium on renewing its membership through proselytization that is, recruiting new members and missionary work.
"The number of the so-called unchurched has remained steady in the past two decades," he said.
These youth programs, many funded by Department of Defense (DoD) contracts, are designed to target and evangelize the "unchurched" among our military youth.
He dons Hawaiian shirts, builds a worship center for the "unchurched" (complete with skate board park!) and looks cool to everyone because he eschews the trappings of traditional religion.
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