Pew to Pew Insights Report

Get an inside look at both the movers, those leaving a church because of a change in location, and the shakers, those leaving for reasons closer to home.

41% of church switchers stopped attending church for three months or more in between their previous church and current one.

“Many churchgoers have or will change churches either because they want to or because they have to after moving to a new home.”
– Scott McConnell, director of Lifeway Research

“Which of the following resources did you use when looking for a new church?”

  • 69% of church switchers who made a residential move say they used in-person visits to churches.
  • 54% say they used recommendations from family, friends, neighbors, and/or colleagues.
  • 40% say they used church websites.

71% of church switchers decide to regularly attend their current church after visiting worship services three times or less.

When churchgoers are visiting a new church, the first event or activity they will likely attend is a worship service (68%).

“I moved to a different state for work. I kind of lost my way spiritually after the move. But when God had worked on me enough, I felt the conviction to come back to His way. I asked around and was directed to my present church.”
– Church switcher

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Help Those Moving to Your Community Find Your Church

Congregations and church leaders should proactively find, invite, and welcome believers who move into the area.

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Does Your Church Have Churchgoers With Unfulfilled Needs?

More than 1 in 4 church switchers say they changed because they had unfulfilled needs in the church (29%).

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8 Ways to Lose Churchgoers Through Change

If you want your regular churchgoers to keep coming back even through change, here are eight things you should avoid.

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Pastoral Hypocrisy and Bad Preaching Are a Turnoff to Churchgoers

Most churchgoers aren’t leaving a church because they have a personal complaint against the pastor or his preaching, but some are.

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View the Research:

Lifeway Research conducted a comprehensive study on churchgoers in the United States, focusing on reasons behind changing congregations. The Church Switchers Study surveyed 1,001 Protestant or non-denominational adults who attend church at least twice a month and have switched churches as adults. Here is what they found.

Church Switchers:

Reasons for Switching Churches Report

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Reasons for Switching Churches Differences Report

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Factors in Choosing Current Church Report

Church Switchers:

Factors in Choosing Current Church Differences Report