Part 1: An Epidemic on Our Hands

Part 1: An Epidemic on Our Hands

Epidemic (Ep-i-dem-ic)1

  1. A disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously.
  2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of terror.

A majority of twenty-somethings—61% of today’s young adults—had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged (i.e., not actively attending church, reading the Bible, or praying).

—George Barna2


  1. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc., Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary. Retrieved December 09, 2008


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