Barna Report Finds Churchgoers Are More Likely to Invite People to In-Person Services Than Online Services

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Practicing Christians are more likely to invite friends and family to in-person worship services than digital ones despite state-mandated restrictions on worship gatherings, according to the Barna Group.

In a report posted on Barna Wednesday, the research organization analyzed the openness of “Churched Adults” and “Churched Christians,” collectively known as churchgoers, to inviting family, friends, and acquaintances to worship.

Churched adults were defined as those who’ve attended church within the past six months but might not identify as Christian. Whereas churched Christians were defined as those who’ve attended within the past six months and self-identify as Christian.

It’s important to note that the aforementioned designations (churched adults and churched Christians) were determined by the worship attendance practices of respondents before the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions on gatherings occurred.

Barna found that 61% of churched adults and 64% of churched Christians responded that they would be open to inviting someone to an in-person worship service.

By contrast, 38% of churched adults and 40% of churched Christians responded that they would be open to inviting someone to a digital worship service.

Barna also found that people who attended churches that blended digital and in-person ministry were more likely to be open to inviting someone to a digital service.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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