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Friday, April 27, 2007

Dissatisfaction and Yearning Drive Protestants From Church To Church

From USAToday reports that...

Most of the switchers who changed their house of worship without making a residential move (58%) say their old church failed to engage their faith, or put their talents to work, or it seemed hypocritical or judgmental.

But 42% of the people say they switched because another church offered more appealing doctrines and preaching or the preacher and church members' faith seemed more "authentic."


Why they left their old church1

• Disenchanted with the pastor or church: 51%
• It wasn't fulfilling their needs or the reasons they attended: 44%
• Something changed about the church: 33%
• Felt out of place at church: 31%
• Could not agree with church teachings or positions on issues: 27%

Why they chose a new church1

• Beliefs or doctrines of the church: 89%
• Authenticity of church members/pastor: 88%
• Quality of the preaching: 87%
• Prefer the worship style: 80%
• Found more evidence of God's work/changed lives: 76%
• New church cares for the community: 76%

1Respondents could name more than one reason

Source: Lifeway Research survey of Protestants. Based on 415 respondents who switched churches but had not made a residential move; margin of error is +/- 3.9 percentage points.