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:
- 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.
- 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.
(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.