Contact: Tracy Nordyke, Love The Church, 503-641-1637, firstname.lastname@example.org; Susan Zahn, WDC Media, 530-963-3496, email@example.com
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Mar. 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Barna Research study indicated that one out of three people in the United States, or nearly 100 million citizens do not go to church. To put that figure in context, if the unchurched population of the United States were a nation of its own, that group would be the eleventh most populated nation on earth (trailing only China, India, the churched portion of the United States, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan and Mexico). Many people do not go to church because they see church goers as hypocrites. Still many stay away from church because they have been hurt by the church and harbor anger and resentment.
As America approaches Easter, one of the two times of the year that church attendance is highest, many people may choose not to attend church, but there is an organization that is helping those overcome their anger, bitterness and charges of hypocrisy against the church and to restore their relationship with the church body. Dr. Larry McKain, founder of New Church Specialties, is available to answer the hard questions about why people leave the church and how to get them to come back:
- What types of issues causes someone to leave the church?
- With nearly 100 million Americans staying home on Sundays, has the church left them behind?
- Why, once someone leaves the church, would they come back?
- How does one deal with the hypocrisy in the church or the anger and bitterness they have if they have been hurt in the church?
- What impact does the growing number of unchurched people have on the nation?
Credentials: Dr. Larry McKain is the founder and Executive Director of New Church Specialties, a non-profit coaching & consulting organization headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. NCS currently has a paid staff of 36 and eight field offices across the United States. In the past five years, he has spoken to over 35,000 people and trained 3,100 church leaders. He has an undergraduate double degree in business administration & religion from Mid-America Nazarene University, a masters from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and an earned doctorate from Fuller Seminary in new church and organizational development. His "Insights" e-mail goes out to over 8,200 church leaders each week.
Availability: nationwide via telephone; to major U.S. cities with appropriate lead time for television and radio.