It shows there is no simple correlation between church involvement and spiritual discipline. At various stages after they have set out on the Christian journey, people can stall and become frustrated with the role of Church in their Christian life.
There's far more to be studied on this subject and work is in hand, with sponsorship, to extend from the current base of 11,000 surveys to 500 churches around the world. It looks as though this will be done with all the thoroughness and excellence to which Willow Creek aspire. It'll be well worth a read.
So, I wonder,
- how do our Churches promote and how do they obstruct growth in discipleship, allowing that there are always stages of stuckness in the spiritual life?
- Could we/ should we be doing anything about that (apart from awaiting research results from RevealNow?
- Do all expressions of Christianity share gaps between belonging and spiritual practice at the same points? Why?/ Why not?