Pollster George Gallup concludes that as many as four in ten Americans admit to frequent or occasional feelings of intense loneliness. Americans are, in fact, the loneliest people in the world.
Church researcher George Barna focuses on loneliness as a felt need that the church should address. He writes that loneliness is a major growing problem in America, and the kind of social problem that the Church needs to identify and respond to.
However, in my own work with congregations I often find an attitude of, "If people are lucky, they'll find us. If not, there's really nothing we can do about that."