"Nones" on the Rise

by Luis Lugo. Pew Research Center.


This research report on the religiously unaffiliated offers a measured view of what's changed, what hasn't, along with context and theories to help congregations make sense of what the trends signify.


four theories for increasing numbers of unaffiliated people, generational changes, demographics, beliefs among the religiously unaffiliated

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Gain a better understanding of the religiously unaffiliated after reading this report.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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