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Here’s the Data on Church Performance During the Pandemic

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Valerie Hines worships during services at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 7, 2020. After weeks without in-person services due to the pandemic the congregation opened for worshipers to attend church. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

I missed this a few months ago in Christianity Today, but it’s worth a look. CT compiled survey statistics from Associated PressPew Research, and the American Family Survey, asking people their opinions on church performance during the pandemic.

Data on Church Performance During the Pandemic

1 in 5 Americans say churches were helpful to their families during the pandemic.

40% of Born-Again Protestants said “The pandemic has made my faith stronger.”
26% of all Americans reported the same.

47% of Americans said churches were prepared for the epidemic.

44% of Americans said their state and local governments were prepared.

34% of Americans said the federal government was prepared.

1 in 5 American adults started watching religious services remotely for the first time during the pandemic.

For Evangelicals:

4 in 5 worshipped remotely.
42% watched services offered by their own church.
24% watched some other church’s online service.
34% watched both.

2% of evangelical churchgoers in American anticipate watching more services remotely and less in person once the outbreak is over.

When It Comes to Tithing From Evangelicals:

62% gave the same amount as before the pandemic.
8% gave more.
14% gave less.
14% do not tithe.
2% did not answer.

This article on church performance data during the pandemic originally appeared here, and is used by permission.

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