Why People Are Leaving the Church

In this episode, Bill Hendricks and Sam Perry take a look at the increasing trend of people walking away from the church and claiming no religious affiliation.

About the Contributors

Bill Hendricks

Bill Hendricks is Executive Director for Christian Leadership at the Center and President of The Giftedness Center, where he serves individuals making key life and career decisions. A graduate of Harvard, Boston University, and DTS, Bill has authored or co-authored twenty-two books, including “The Person Called YOU: Why You’re Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life.” He sits on the Steering Committee for The Theology of Work Project.

Samuel L. Perry

Samuel L. Perry is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Th.M. from DTS in 2008 and was awarded the W. H. Griffith Thomas award for graduating at the top of his class. He then went on to earn a Masters and PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where he was also a fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. An award-winning scholar and teacher, Dr. Perry is among the nation’s leading experts in Christianity and American Politics. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Perry is also the author of four books including the award-winning Taking America Back for God (with Andrew Whitehead) and The Flag and the Cross (with Philip Gorski).