Church Seeking Poll Results

June 13, 2007 by

2007_06_13churchseekingpoll.jpgTwo weeks ago we asked you why you would ever leave your church. And last week, we continued that with asking how you would go about finding a new church. Here’s what you said:

Bringing up the rear, 4% of you would seek a recommendation from staff or members from your previous church. I can see how this number is so small, it’d be a tough thing to do. Slightly more of you, 9% would never want a new church, so the question is irrelevant.

10% of you are tired of trying to find just the right church, so you’ll make your own. Kudos to you on taking initiative, but I’d like to hear more about your thoughts and motives. 18% would just start randomly visiting churches. I’ve tried this myself and ended up in some extremely weird situations.

Coming in second place are the 24% of you who would visit the churches that your friends go to. And in the lead, 35% of you would check out the web site of local churches.

Churches, did you hear that? The number one way people find your church, according to a recent Church Marketing Sucks study, is through your web site. Don’t overlook the importance of it.

So we’ve left church and found a new church, and this week we ask what would make you stick around at that new church. Remember to keep voting this week, and let us know in the comments interesting stories about finding a church.

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Joshua Cody

Josh Cody served as our associate editor for several years before moving on to bigger things. Like Texas. These days he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, and you can find him online or on Twitter when he's not wrestling code.
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6 Responses to “Church Seeking Poll Results”

  • Cameron
    June 13, 2007

    There was a missing option — ‘Wherever my denominational headquarters send me.’ Fair enough, it doesn’t apply to many, but it applies at least to me!
    (Of course, the super spiritual among us will reply ‘Wherever God leads.’ I’m sort of glad you didn’t have that as an option!)

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  • mrben
    June 14, 2007

    Poll of website users in “I would use the internet” shocker! ;)
    This, perhaps, would be a more conclusive poll if taken somewhere other than on the internet….

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  • brad
    June 14, 2007

    Joshua, I wanna hear more about your random church visits and the resultant weird experiences! Or at least, I think I do… :-)

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  • Joshua
    June 14, 2007

    Nothing too too unbelievable. I’ve been stuck in a church with large men standing at the back doors, unable to get out for over 3 hours. I’ve been suddenly up front being prayed over. I’ve been suddenly up front praying a blessing over a new church building of a church I don’t attend. All in churches I don’t normally attend. A little crazy.

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  • Dorothy
    June 16, 2007

    What about God calling me to leave (to finally start a new faith community)?

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  • Mitchell Land
    June 18, 2007

    I wouldn’t put too much in that 35% number. As another commenter already related, your methodology is flawed and relies soley on people demonstrating a familiarity with the technology in question. As a straw poll, the numbers are quite interesting although the sample is quite low.

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