ecular people reject anything related to religion or spiritual matters. Post-Christian people intentionally reject Christian culture, including its beliefs and many of its values. Secular and post-Christian people groups are made up of nonreligious, unaffiliated, atheists, agnostics, and those who don’t espouse any religious faith or tradition. Approximately 1.2 billion people worldwide (1 in every 7) identify as “religiously unaffiliated.” Post-Christianity is a phenomenon sweeping across the West, especially the cities. Secularism is now a reality affecting all major world religions.

Some Post-Christian Worldviews

Most secular and post-Christians believe there is no objective truth and that individuals decide what is true and false, right and wrong, good or bad. They think life has no inherent purpose, are skeptical of authority figures, and are cynical about religion. They feel that integrity in all areas of life is important; are concerned about the environment; desire to be involved in good causes, value creativity and life experiences; are global in their outlook; and want to experience belonging to a group before they believe what the group teaches.

Common Ground

Secular and Post-Christian people like us:

  • Have concern for social issues and people, especially those who have experienced discrimination, are struggling economically, or are victims of abuse
  • Value interaction with people from many cultures
  • Appreciate genuine friendship and hospitality, including an invitation to experience community as part of the church
  • Need authentic, personal experiences

Making Friends With Secular and Post-Christian People

  • Talk about current events
  • Listen to their viewpoints in a nonjudgmental way
  • Be respectful as you exchange ideas
  • Ask about what is meaningful to them
  • Share your spiritual journey
  • Invite your friend to join you in fellowship or worship, but before you do that, invite them to your home so they can experience firsthand the life of a follower of Christ