Churches Handle the Loneliness Epidemic

Recent Barna research reveals that metro residents both inside and outside the Church think Christian churches are well positioned to address the problem of loneliness. This finding is notable as a sign of common ground in perceptions among the churched and unchurched. Urban churches willing to address the modern epidemic of loneliness may find this effort is welcomed by their neighbors and may build the connections and credibility needed to play a broader role in the community.

Many say loneliness isn’t about being alone, but rather about the perception of being alone and isolated. How ironic that our cities are where this loneliness epidemic is especially manifested. Christian churches, armed with the truth of the gospel, really should be actively engaged with helping people overcome their loneliness—whether real or perceived.

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