The Barna Group released a new survey looking at the changes among church attendance after the COVID-19 pandemic grew in the U.S.
The result: Research has revealed that 1 in 3 practicing Christians has stopped attending church services.
Amid the pandemic, churches were forced to shut their doors and begin streaming Sunday services online. The switchover was well-received by some but unpopular with others.
The poll conducted last week by the research firm found:
—35% are still attending their pre-COVID church.
—32% are no longer attending church.
—14% have switched to a new church.
—And 18% are watching worship services from different churches each month.
Barna's research showed a pattern between the different generations of practicing Christians who attend church online.
—50% of Millennials have stopped attending church.
—17% of Generation X attend a new church.
—40% of Baby Boomers stayed at the same church.
And practicing Christians who have decreased their access to online church services or have stopped attending church are more emotionally stressed.
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