I'm coming across a number of people who have a very strong faith, but have become disillusioned (or perhaps disenfranchised) from organised church life. They haven't given up on following Jesus Christ, but they are hurt by or alienated from the church, or in some cases just starved of what they need. Maybe Chaplains tend to come across more people like that as we are a little bit 'out of the system'.
It seems to affect people from all kinds of backgrounds. There is some literature around on the subject: Alan Jamieson's A Churchless Faith is based on research into why people leave evangelical, charismatic and pentecostal churches. Jamieson is a Baptist minister from New Zealand, who set out to do some research on leavers and was surprised what he found. Follow up book 5 years later is Church leavers: Faith Journeys Five Years on
There is also a network for people who find themselves in this position, Spirited Exchanges.
I'd be really interested to hear from anyone who finds themselves in this position, or close to it, and also what those of us still attached to the church could do to help them find a positive way forward.