Churches across America have spent a year and a half recovering from the pandemic.
Reopening ministries. Recovering financially.
And restoring attendance as people have come back to church.
Many churches – especially in the “oppressive” states such as California, Oregon, New York, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware – are suffering the most.
Some even are still meeting with masking, outdoors, or tent services, and even implementing social distancing.
A new survey of Protestant churches (mainline and Evangelical) paints this picture:
- 13% have less than 50% of pre-COVID-19 attendance
- 35% have between 50-70% of attendees
- 12.5% have between 90-100% of attendees
- .9% have more people than before the pandemic
This survey revealed black pastors were 12.5 times more likely than white pastors to say their in-person attendance is less than 30% than before the pandemic.
73% of the pastors at the time of the survey had fewer than 100 people attending each Sunday. About 6% of the pastors reported attendance of 250 or more.
What are your thoughts and observations?
Has your church fully recovered…or not?
Why do you think it has or hasn’t?
Let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll post a summary of the findings in an upcoming issue.
What do you think? Let me know at email@example.com.