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)