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KidMin Alert: Evangelical Christians Are Divorcing At A Higher Rate Than Non-Christians

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Today’s guest blogger on the Kids & Divorce blog is Dale Hudson of Relevant Children’s Ministry, This information is important and it will profoundly affect your children’s ministry because it alerts all of us that work with children that no family is immune to divorce even Christians in the church. Thank you Dale for sharing this vitally important information with us.

A recent report from Baylor University says evangelical Christians now have a higher divorce rate than non-believers.

The report covered 50 years of religious change, from 1964 to 2014.

Other findings included…

  • The proportion of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition has grown dramatically—from 3 percent in the 1960s to 20 percent today—even though 90 percent of Americans professed a belief in God or a higher power.
  • Protestants have declined in their share of the American adult population, from 70 percent in the 1950s to a little less than 50 percent today.
  • The protracted decline in Protestant shares of the American population is largely due to the decline of Mainline Protestant denominations such as Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians, whose numbers have halved over the same time period.
  • Evangelicals rapidly increased their share of the population until the early 1990s, but that segment has experienced some decline since then.
  • The proportion of people who affiliate with non-Judeo-Christian religions has doubled since the 1950s.

It’s a sad day when the divorce rate inside the church is higher than outside the church.  With all of our marriage seminars, conferences, books, and teachings – so many married couples still struggle.

What’s the answer?

I’d like to hear your thoughts.  Share with us in the comment section below.

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About the Author

Linda has been a children’s ministry director, developed DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids, dc4k.org), operated a therapeutic child care, and has extensive experience at successfully accommodating challenging behaviors. She currently serves as the DC4K Ambassador and Professional blogger at http://blog.dc4k.org.