I started following Thom Schultz’s blog, Holy Soup, recently. He’s got some very interesting posts about the church and change, and other things that interest me. The article I’m re-posting today is no different. It’s about the “Dones.” “Nones” is a big term right now, which means people who have no religious background or affiliation, but “Dones” is a new term. It’s the people who have been church-goers but are done with church. There’s lots of reasons for this, which the article describes. It’s well worth the read. He’s spot on this.

Holy Soup

John is every pastor’s dream member. He’s a life-long believer, well-studied in the Bible, gives generously, and leads others passionately.

But last year he dropped out of church. He didn’t switch to the other church down the road. He dropped out completely. His departure wasn’t the result of an ugly encounter with a staff person or another member. It wasn’t triggered by any single event.

John had come to a long-considered, thoughtful decision. He said, “I’m just done. I’m done with church.”

John is one in a growing multitude of ex-members. They’re sometimes called the de-churched. They have not abandoned their faith. They have not joined the also-growing legion of those with no religious affiliation–often called the Nones. Rather, John has joined the Dones.

At Group’s recent Future of the Church conference, sociologist Josh Packard shared some of his groundbreaking research on the Dones. He explained these de-churched were among…

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