New research by the Barna Group shows that practicing Christians and churched adults believe in the value of church and its positive impact on society, but a growing group of them aren’t likely to settle down with one congregation.
Although a majority of churchgoers attend the same church every Sunday, a growing number of them have started “church hopping.” “… sizable minority is at least occasionally attending other churches, including nearly two in five churched adults (38 percent) and one-quarter of practicing Christians (27 percent),” the report said.
Barely over half of churchgoers who attend church at least every six months are members of their church. One in three said they regularly attend but are not members. Practicing Christians, however, showed a stronger commitment with 71 percent claiming membership.
These numbers didn’t differentiate across denominations. However, boomers are far more likely than both Gen X and Millennials to become members of their churches. For some in the younger generation, the question of membership was irrelevant as their church does not offer it.
Barna also found that one in 10 Americans believe the Church is inconsequential to society.
Approximately 10 percent of them also believe that the Church is hurting our country.