Eight northeastern and New England cities earned top spots on Barna Group’s annual list of most “post-Christian” cities.
The list names places where the fewest people follow Christian beliefs, Christianity Today reports.
The Springfield-Holyoke area in Massachusetts topped the list. About 60 percent of residents said they had never made a commitment to Jesus and 65 percent said they had not attended church recently. Nearly 90 percent said they had not read the Bible that week.
Other areas on the list were Portland-Auburn, Maine; Providence, Rhode Island-New Bedford, Massachusetts; Burlington, Vermont; Boston, Massachusetts-Manchester, New Hampshire.
“It doesn’t surprise us,” said Michael Kriesel, lead pastor at Vibrant Church in South Burlington, which moved up from fifth to fourth on the list over the past two years. “It’s hard to get people to go to church in New England.”
Kriesel’s wife and assistant pastor said they have used the Barna research to figure out how best to minister to their area.
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Amanda Casanova