Study: US Church Attendance Steady, but Makeup of Churchgoers Changes


U.S. church attendance rates have held relatively steady over the past three and a half decades, a new study shows. But the makeup of the nation’s congregations has undergone significant changes during that same stretch. University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Philip Schwadel applied a new multi-level estimation method to uncover several original findings about how often Americans – and certain groups of Americans – worship. His findings challenge some popular notions: First, aside from a moderate decline in the 1990s, the study shows that Americans’ churchgoing routines have been fairly constant over the decades, at around 23 to 28 services […]