A story posted to the Christian Post web site today based on a study released Monday indicates Americans are likely to switch churches in their lifetime, a finding that reinforces other recent studies.
What’s interesting is it appears Americans are seeking different things in congregations when they switch. Although churches seem to continue trending toward more contemporary worship services, that’s not what is drawing everyone.
“The findings show a lot of individual change, but not a lot of broad trends,” said Ron Sellers, president of Ellison Research. “Most people go to a place of worship that’s a different size, but there’s no strong trend toward finding smaller congregations or larger ones. There’s also a lot of change in worship styles, but not a big overall trend toward going someplace more contemporary or more traditional.”
I can understand this. I’ve been part of some pretty large congregations. I’ve also been part of an extremely small congregation. Ssome of the congregations had traditional worship services. Some have been pretty contemporary. All were important to my spiritual development to this point.
I’ve said in other posts on this blog, I believe church size and worship style aren’t the most important things that attract people to congregations. The environment is. Show me a place where there is a community of open, honest and caring people, and I’ll show you a growing church. I don’t care how big it is or what kind of music it plays.
What do you think? I know I’m young and dumb. Have I oversimplified this as usual?