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Church Attendance

More than six out of 10 U.S. Protestant churches are experiencing decline or stagnation in weekly attendance, a report found. Conversions are becoming rarer with 54 percent of pastors reporting less than 10 in 2018. […] Read More

Participating in worship gatherings at least twice a month is uncommon for 18- to 22-year-old Protestants, a survey found. Two-thirds stopped attending regularly in the four years after high school. […] Read More

Many churches are reporting precipitous declines in worship attendance. While many factors are causing this, all kinds of organizations are facing this same trend. Consider these 3 realities as you move forward. […] Read More

I have read many news articles over the past year in various sources claiming that church attendance in the United States is dramatically decreased. The statistics vary a lot, so I won’t bother to offer any here. My point is simply that according to many journalists and other observers and commentators Americans are flocking away […] Read More

Seventy-eight percent of ‘Nones’ grew up in religious homes, according to a Pew Research Center poll, with 49 percent leaving religion due to a lack of belief. “Religious ‘nones’ are by no means monolithic,” Pew explained. “They can be broken down into three broad subgroups: self-identified atheists, those who call themselves agnostic and people who […] Read More

Pulpit oratory sits atop the list of what U.S. adults look for in choosing a local church. The quality of sermons was a factor in choosing a local church for 83 percent of respondents, a Pew Research Center survey revealed. Other leading influences were feeling welcomed by clergy and lay leadership (79 percent), the style […] Read More

“The ultimate [baby] boomer game today,” writes Timothy Egan, “is competitive longevity.” He was commenting in an op-ed on notable editor/writer Michael Kinsley’s self-documented struggle with Parkinson’s disease. A religious clue to the game showed up in a Washington Post article by Julie Zauzmer: “A Possible Benefit of Going to Church: A 33 Percent Chance […] Read More

For many years the primary way of measuring church size was to look at church membership. In Baptist churches, we began to track Sunday school attendance as a measuring stick. Membership numbers are not really helpful since Baptists are not very good about adjusting our rolls over the years. Some denominations do better about that […] Read More

I heard a lot during my formative years about the Great Commission that Jesus gave his disciples: “Go therefore into the world” to disciple, baptize and teach others about God in Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). I learned that Jesus also gave his disciples the Great Commandment: to love God with all your being and […] Read More

Church attendance and religious tradition impacted responses to questions about whether U.S. citizens sympathized more with Israelis or Palestinians in the Middle East conflict. A strong U.S. majority (62 percent) sympathized more with Israelis than Palestinians, according to a Gallup poll. Support for Israel in the U.S. has grown from 51 percent in 2001, reaching […] Read More