Skip to main content

how to attract the formerly churched

Yesterday we highlighted some research by LifeWay Research that investigated the reasons behind why people leave the church. But there is a second part to the research that explores how to bring back the formerly churched. The Christian Post published the findings, and highlights from their article include:

The Probability

  • 62% of the formerly churched adults said they are open to the idea of attending church regularly again, but not actively looking.
  • 28% said they are unlikely to consider regularly attending church in the foreseeable future.
  • 6% said they would prefer to resume attending regularly in the same church they had attended.
  • 4% said they are actively looking for a different church to attend regularly.
  • The average formerly churched adult has not attended regularly for 14 years.

The Catalyst

  • 58% said they simply felt that it was time to return to the church.
  • 41% said a friend or acquaintance invited them.
  • 35% said they would return if they knew there were people there like them.
  • 31% felt that God was calling them to visit the church.
  • 25% said they would resume if their children asked them to go with them to church.
  • 25% said they would go if an adult family member invited them.

The Motivation
(For the large majority who were self-motivated to return to church)

  • 46% said it was to bring them closer to God.
  • 32% want to be around those with similar values.
  • 31% want to make friends.
  • 30% want to make a difference of help others in their community.
(link: Church Relevance)
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

How to Make an ISTJ Calm and Happy

When it is time to write a sermon I have found it is most effective for me to get out of the house and go to a coffee shop.  My mind is clearer and my focus is sharper there.  I am usually more productive.

The increase in output may be because, as pastor and author Mark Batterson often says, "change of place + change of pace = change in perspective."  However, I think something else is influencing me.  When I am out of my house I am not distracted by messes, dishes, house chores, or clutter; my mind is completely free to focus on the task I want to accomplish.

 In addition to Batterson's creativity axiom, here are a couple little formulas that I've found hold true for me:

Cleanliness = Creativity and Calmness.
Organized home = Organized mind.

Simply put, I function best when my environment feels under control.  This feeling of control comes in many different forms.  I feel like things are under control when my surroundings are clean and organized.  I feel like thin…