Top 13 Reasons that Unchurched People Choose a Church

Bishop Gregorios(research conducted by Thom Ranier)

As Orthodox Christians, we have #2 (Doctrines) nailed tight. #3 is a 50/50 for visitors, but 9 out of 10 is #1 – and that is us and our preaching. It is the one thing we have absolute control over! The next time you meet a clergyman who says preaching isn’t important, ask him how well his parish is growing. Then ask him if he knows why.

  1. 90%Pastor/Preaching
  2. 88% – Doctrines
  3. 49% – Friendliness of Members
  4. 42% – Other Issues
  5. 41% – Someone at Church Witnessed to Me
  6. 38% – Family Member
  7. 37% – Sensed God’s Presence/Atmosphere of Church
  8. 25% – Relationship Other than Family Member
  9. 25% – Sunday School Class
  10. 25% – Children’s/Youth Ministry
  11. 12% – Other Groups/Ministries
  12. 11% – Worship Style/Music
  13. 7% – Location

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