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Michael Graham and Jim Davis: What ‘The Great Dechurching’ Means for Church Leaders

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Michael Graham is the program director for The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics, associate pastor of administration at Orlando Grace Church, executive director of The Dechurched Initiative, and executive director of the podcast, “As In Heaven.”

Jim Davis is teaching pastor at Orlando Grace Church, a host of the “As In Heaven” podcast, and serves as a writer for The Dechurched Initiative. He and his wife, Angela, speak for Family Life’s Weekend to Remember marriage getaways.

Michael and Jim’s new book, written with Ryan Burge, is “The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back?

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Key Questions for Michael Graham and Jim Davis

-Who are the people who are leaving church?

-Why are they leaving?

-What is the most encouraging finding from your research? 

-Where are you seeing people transfer their allegiance if it’s no longer to the Bible, the church, or the pastor?

Key Quotes From Michael Graham and Jim Davis

Michael Graham

“There were about 40 million adult Americans who used to go to church, who now don’t go at all anymore. ‘De-churched’ for us is defined as somebody who used to go to church at least once per month and now goes less than once per year.”

“In terms of how many people are, you know, are churched in America, it is now in active decline.”

“The single most encouraging thing about this entire research is that well over half the people that we surveyed are willing to actively return to church today. And many of those people actually believe that they will.”

“It looks like in the data there’s people who just need a little bit of a nudge to return to church.”

“I don’t like to shed relationships based on any kind of external factors or decisions that people make. So I think it’s good to stay in people’s lives.”