Why Go To Church and Why People Don’t

Kent Shaffer —  April 9, 2007

A recent Gallup Poll discovered that 40% of Americans claim to attend church or synagogue regularly but 15% never attend. The reasons why are:

#1 Reason Why People Attend Church

  • 23% for spiritual growth and guidance
  • 20% keeps me grounded/guided
  • 15% it’s my faith
  • 15% to worship God
  • 13% the fellowship of other members (the community)
  • 12% believe in God/religion
  • 12% brought up that way (tradition)

#1 Reason Why People Do Not Attend Church

  • 24% don’t agree with organized religion/what they preach
  • 21% don’t have time/don’t get around to it
  • 16% don’t believe in going to church
  • 10% don’t believe in God (atheist)
  • 9% don’t have a church I connect with
  • 6% I’m lazy
  • 3% church wants/asks too much money
  • 2% poor health/disabled
  • 1% family members are different religions

[via The Christian Post]

Kent Shaffer

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I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids and work with OpenChurch.com to help Christians collaborate and build a global Church library of free, open content.

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