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Churches facing challenge as congregations age

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Local pastors face new challenges in growing their churches during the 21st century, as a new generation increasingly moves away from conventional religious structures.

A Pew Research Center report from October 2012 found that nearly 20 percent of the Americans are religiously unaffiliated, up from just over 15 percent five years before.

However, the report says just 6 percent of people say they're atheist or agnostic.

The growth of the religiously unaffiliated appears largely generational, as 32 percent of adults younger than 30 are religiously unaffiliated, compared to only 9 percent of those 65 and older.

For today's pastors, the challenge is how to get those young people to church.

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