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Gallup Poll: Nevada Third Least Churched State in U.S.

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According to a Gallup Poll, Nevada is the third least churched state in the U.S. Only 27% of Nevadans say they go to church all the time or almost all the time.

I asked Pastor Harvey Turner of Living Stones Churches why that is. He said fewer people go to church in our state, not because they are any less spiritual than most. He said it has more to do with history.

"If you look at the history of America and the church in America, church planting movements never came here. Whereas, if you go to California, you go to the Midwest, or the south, church planting movements spread. A church plant is when you start a new church and that's typically how the church grows is through planting new churches."

Pastor Turner said because there was never a church planting movement that came to Northern Nevada, we never saw much of a religious influence in our area. He said when early settlers did move west, they usually went to California.

Pastor Turner said many people are also turned off by the way most churches present their message and that prevents them from wanting to attend.

Despite statistics showing that fewer people are going to church, Living Stones Churches have grown from a few people, to thousands, in just a decade. Living Stones is now one of the fastest growing churches in Nevada.

I asked Pastor Turner how his churches are bucking the trend. He said he gives all the credit to God and how they present the message.

"I don't think people are looking for a religion, per say," said Turner. "They're not looking for a list of rules. I tend to make a distinction between religion and the gospel. Religion is man's attempt to get to God and the gospel being God coming to us in Jesus Christ.

Turner said he doesn't pastor traditional churches. He said they try to make people feel comfortable. You don't have to wear a suit or tie, flip flops and sandals are just fine. He said their goal is reach people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

To see the entire interview, tune in for Face the State. The show airs this Saturday at 4:30am and Sunday at 6:30am and 3:30pm.

For more on religious Gallup polls, go to http://www.gallup.com/tag/religion.aspx

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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