The Rushmore Report – The Seven Reasons People Go to Church


Why do you go to church? If you are like most people, your reasons will be on the list below. Gallup has conducted an interesting study. One of the things they have found is that the things that draw people to a church don’t keep them at that church. The following lists tell us a lot about modern church culture.

Reasons Why People Attend Church

  1. For spiritual growth and guidance (23%)
  2. To stay grounded (20%)
  3. To sustain their faith (15%)
  4. To worship God (15%)
  5. For fellowship with other believers (13%)
  6. To sustain former practices (12%)
  7. To honor traditions (12%)

Reasons that Previously Unchurched People Choose a Church

  1. Pastor/preaching (90%)
  2. Doctrine (88%)
  3. Friendliness of members (49%)
  4. Other issues (42%)
  5. Someone invited them (41%)
  6. Family member attends (38%)
  7. Sensed God’s presence (37%)
  8. Sunday School class (25%)
  9. Children’s/youth ministry (25%)
  10. Worship style (11%)

Things that Keep the Formerly Unchurched in Church

  1. Ministry involvement (62%)
  2. Sunday School (55%)
  3. Obedience to God (54%)
  4. Fellowship with other members (49%)
  5. Pastor/preaching (38%)
  6. Worship services (14%)

Why Youth Attend Church

  1. To find God (65%)
  2. Guidance for life’s issues (58%)
  3. Become a better person (50%)
  4. Committed to church’s purpose (42%)

 


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