Belong, Be Known and Be Loved: The Mandate for Church communities in an age of Loneliness

Loneliness has been described as an epidemic.1 In a recent Australian study,² nearly 25% of respondents reported that they rarely or never were able to find companionship when they wanted it. Over 20% said they rarely or never felt close to people. 

Loneliness has long been an issue for the very elderly who have lost a partner
or reached old age without finding a life partner. However, it is also a major
problem in other age groups, not least those aged between 18 and 25.³

Churches are one of the places that people can find community and connection, whatever their age, life circumstances or marital status. This article discusses ways in which churches are uniquely positioned to foster belonging.