The Christian Post has published the results of a recent study by LifeWay Research that investigated the reasons why some people stopped attending church. The discoveries include:
- 59% of those who left the church did so because of “changes in life situation.”
— 19% “simply got too busy to attend church.”
— 17% said “family/home responsibilities prevented church attendance.”
— Other reasons explained were moving too far from the church, work situation and divorce or separation.
- 37% leave because of “disenchantment with pastor/church.”
— 17% said church members “seemed hypocritical” and “were judgmental of others.”
— 12% said “the church was run by a clique that discouraged involvement.”
- 80% of the formerly churched do not have a strong belief in God, which the study indicated may account for their higher priorities of work and family over church.
- 42% said they are “Christian, but not particularly devout.”
- 24% consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious.”
- 19% said they are “a devout Christian with a strong belief in God.”
- 16% of those who left the church said nobody contacted them after they left.
- 16% said nobody seemed to care that they left.
- 14% said the church was not helping them develop spiritually.
- 14% said they stopped believing in organized religion.
- 10% confessed to wavering on Christianity.
- 6% said they were wavering on belief in God.