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Think About How These Barna Group Findings Affect Our Ministry

If you’ve been along for much of this conversation, you know how important I believe it is to have empathy for unconnected people. It is not a little thing to me. Designing connecting strategies that will actually connect the crowd and even into the community is a daily concern.

As a result, I’m always on the lookout for research that will reveal an angle I haven’t yet noticed.

And that led me to open today’s email from the Barna Group. This report was in the email: Five Ways Christianity Is Viewed as Extremist. Can I be the first to say, “Oh my.”

Here’s an infographic that was included in the article:

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Now, just think about what this means as we attempt to design ways to help unconnected people (friends, neighbors, co-workers and family) get connected.

Here’s the thing. The people who are in your crowd are not really that different from the people in the community.  

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Mark Howell serves as Pastor of Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. He founded SmallGroupResources.net, offering consulting and coaching services to help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries. He spent four years on the consulting staff at Lifetogether and often contributes to ministry periodicals such as the Pastor's Ministry Toolbox and ChurchCentral.com.