Pew Research has released a new study on church-going, including why people leave, how they choose a new congregation, and why people don’t attend. Read the study here.
The reason lots of people have stopped going to church, it turns out, is not so much that they are rejecting religion in favor of scientific materialism. Rather, the logistics of getting up on Sunday and organizing themselves and the family for a trip to church is just too difficult.
The main reason people choose a new congregation is not disagreement with the pastor of the old one (a reason given only by 11%), but because they have moved. The factor that is most influential in choosing a new congregation? The pastor’s sermons.
There are other surprises: denominational loyalty is still an important factor; while many people attend church less, almost 25% of Americans are attending church more.