Grothe argued that another factor was "the loss of community" in the United States, a phenomenon documented in notable works like the book Bowling Alone.
"In America, we have spread out as a nation in a way that is unprecedented in time," said Grothe, who contrasted American individualism with non-Western cultures.
"You go to Asia and you still got three generations living in the same house. And here we are in our own houses, we have broken our lives apart. We are living apart from family," explained Packiam.
"We have change in economy which has changed the migration of people all around the globe. And so we find ourselves in new places and we don't have these root systems of relationships that sustain us."
Arndt noted that the church's role in the community has also been reduced to only serve as a spiritual place, whereas before it held "so many community concerns together."