Cohabitation is the new norm. Shifting gender roles and expectations, the delay of marriage, and a secularizing culture are leading more American adults to believe that moving in together before tying the knot is a good idea. A recent Barna study asked Americans their views on cohabitation: the pros, cons, motivations, and effects of living together prior to marriage.
For Barna Group's FRAMES project, we surveyed American women to find out exactly how they feel about their commitments to family, church, career and community, and about the tensions that seem to pull them in opposite directions. Three-quarters of women told us they are satisfied with their lives but when we dug deeper, we found a lot going on beneath the surface.
So where does this stereotype of the prodigal pastor kid come from? Are those who grow up as the children of faith workers really more inclined to "grow out" of church later in life? And is it as big of a trend as it is often perceived? The latest Barna study put these questions to the test, with surprising results.
"If the church does not engage in social issues, young people will not engage with the church." Hear more insights from Nicky Gumbel, pioneer of Alpha, on #FaithForTheFuture. Register now! https://www.barna.com/faithforthefuture/
Discover why so many are disengaging from the faith community and renew your hope for how God is at work in the next generation
In unChristian, we explored what Christianity looks like to non-Christians, in You Lost Me, why young adults walk away from faith, and now in #FaithForExiles, we uncover what practices distinguish resilient disciples among young Christians. https://faithforexiles.com
Scotland is a fascinating case study that provides useful insights into how to do ministry and be the church in a rapidly secularizing context.