Why People Leave a Church

Episode #448
July 10, 2018
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Podcast Episode #448

A recent study by LifeWay Research showed that 15% of church members have considered leaving their church in the past six months. Today, we discuss why.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • About 1 in 7 church members have considered leaving their church in the past six months.
  • In the future, people will not be driving as far as they do today to attend church. They will want to live and worship in the same neighborhood.
  • In effective evangelistic churches, you’re most likely to find expository preaching.
  • Most of the time when a pastor leaves a church, the church culture changes.
  • Parents today are more likely than in the past to change churches to benefit their kids.

The research we cover today comes from LifeWay Research. Here are a pair of summary graphics:

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