* 1. Dear Pastor or Church Leader –

Last summer, I launched an informal survey on my blog hosted at the Patheos Evangelical Channel asking my readers over age 40 to describe their relationship with their local church. Pollster George Barna’s 2011 State Of The Church survey reported that church attendance is on the decline among mature adults. One of the most significant drops in regular attendance came among Baby Boomers, those born between 1946-1964. There was an uptick in the number of Baby Busters (those born between 1965-1983) who do not claim any church affiliation.

I wondered about the "why" behind those numbers. 459 people took my informal survey, and many of them shared a bit of their story with me. Click here if you'd like to see the series of posts discussing the the survey's results.

I am neither a statistician nor a social scientist. I am a 54 year-old author and part-time seminary student interested in further exploring these questions in order to spark further conversation with those in my sphere of influence about the nature of discipleship among adults in midlife and beyond.

Though a few pastors and leaders took last summer's survey, I realized I needed to focus on querying pastors and church leaders in order to form a more complete picture of the issues facing all of us as we navigate questions of discipleship for older adults. It is my prayer that these questions, and the compiled results I'll be sharing at my blog may be of help to you and your team as you consider how to nurture all of your congregation's members and attenders toward spiritual maturity.

Please note that your answers and identity will remain confidential.

I recognize your time is precious. As a "thank you" for using some of your time to answer this brief twelve question survey, all respondents who elect to give me their name and email address at the conclusion of this survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Amazon gift card.

Thank you so much for taking a few moments to share about your experience serving those in their "second adulthoods". May God bless your ministry to him and to those he's placed in your care.

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