A loneliness epidemic is skyrocketing across the United States – and most of the West – as the two primary sources of meaningful personal relationships are in decline: faith and family. Suicide, liver cirrhosis, drug overdoses, and other “deaths of despair” are now the lead drivers of Americans’ drop in life expectancy – a trend not seen since World War I.
Family Decline Drives Faith Decline
- Millennials are 78% more likely to attend church if they come from married homes;
- The challenge is 54% of children born in the U.S. will reach their 17th birthday without a married mom and dad in the home;
- 40% of children are born to unwed parents;
- 1 in 4 Americans under 30 are religious “nones” — or not affiliated with any faith tradition;
- Nearly HALF of Americans report chronic loneliness or feelings of isolation.
Marriage and Relationships: the Most Urgent Gap for the Church
- 72% of all churches in America lack a substantive marriage ministry;
- 74% of all churches have no ministry for newlyweds helping them through their first critical years of marriage;
- 93% percent of churches do not offer ministries that encourage healthy habits around dating or discerning the right spouse for marriage;
- 80% of churches report spending 0% of their budgets on marriage or relationship ministry.