How important is church attendance in American society and culture? The Barna Group crunched the numbers and found out.
According to Barna’s analysis of 1,003 adults, churchgoing Americans are becoming less committed to one church. While a majority continue to stay committed to one church, many “church hop” from congregation to congregation.
Longtime church pastor Ed Vitagliano, now an executive vice president at the American Family Association, says church attendance has become another consumer-driven choice, much like changing the TV channel for a better program.
While eight in ten practicing Christians, and two thirds of less-committed believers say they enjoy their church experience, 45 percent of the first group and 57 percent of the second say they are tired of the usual church experience.
Responding to those figures, Vitagliano tells OneNewsNow it appears there is a “manifestation” of what modern-day Christianity has become in the U.S.
“And [church] is just another part,” he warns, “of everyday life, or weekly life, or monthly life, depending on how often they go, in which the expectation is how does this help me.”
The survey also finds that church membership is less important to Gen X and Millennial Christians than it is to Boomers: More than 7 in 10 Boomers officially join compared to 66 percent of Gen Xers and 68 percent of Millennials.
“Life in America, especially for Gen X and Millennials, is increasingly oriented around personal choice and personal pleasure,” he says, “and American society, by and large, caters to that.”
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.