The Non-Attending Faithful

by Alaina Kleinbeck. Faith & Leadership.

This article looks at the practice of young people "attending to what matters" without attending church, affirming the life of faith away from institutions while expressing hope for the future.


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  • Make sense of the absence of faithful people from traditional community life in church after reading this article.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how young people approach church attendance.

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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