Church Buildings Poll Results

September 1, 2009 by

2009_09_01_churchbuildingspollresults.jpgThere are a thousand different types of buildings where church is being held: theaters, schools, cathedrals, strip malls and more. But do any of them have an inherent advantage over any other? When a friend asks you to church, is there any sort of building that would make you more inclined to show up?

39% of you would feel most comfortable checking in to a contemporary church building. Something snazzy and contemporary that feels like an American church to you.

Next up, 24% of you are more likely to visit somewhere that feels historically significant. Whether you have an interest in architecture or connecting with tradition, I don’t know, but you’d like to go to church in an older building.

That barely beat out a secular option–you know, a bar or a night club or something to that effect. 23% of you would go that route given the option.

A realtively-small 8% of you would prefer a house church, while 7% of you would prefer to spend your time somewhere rented on Sunday mornings.

This week, want to know about moderation in your church: How much should churches moderate how individuals use their online resources and offerings? (Facebook, blog comments, Internet usage, etc.)

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6 Responses to “Church Buildings Poll Results”

  • John Panico
    September 2, 2009

    As always, good stuff. But while that may be a preference of where they are willing to go, I am kind of more interested in the yes/no on each category if they would avoid going to a church that is secular, or a non-traditional style church? I would think that might have a little more value to churches starting out.
    Thanks again!
    John Panico

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  • Kevin
    September 2, 2009

    Good stuff! We design churches all over the country and the contempoary look and feel is what the church wants. Thanks for the facts and figures!

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  • Cameron Horsburgh
    September 2, 2009

    I’m going to guess that this poll was answered primarily (only?) by Christians. I’m more interested in what non-Christians would have to say about it.
    To answer the question, though, I’m most likely to go to a church where I already knew someone who would meet me at the front door. All the rest is, for the first ten minutes at least, quite irrelevant!

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  • T.C. Porter
    September 3, 2009

    I concur with Kevin. Also, to what extent are your results revealing of your reader base? Ironic that readers of a site “marketing sucks” prefer “a snazzy, contemporary church building.” What people want should not be our gauge. Jesus did not want to die (“take this cup from me”). … More evidence our Church is worshiping the wrong god.

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  • T.C. Porter
    September 3, 2009

    Correction: I was concurring with Cameron.

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  • worshipVJ
    September 6, 2009

    I like the last few comments.
    If design/architecture is an intentional element for a church, then i always ask “what about the space is visually pointing people to God? What is going on visually (architecture, screens, lights, etc) that is leading people into worship?”
    Cameron & TC, you will find this poll interesting. It asks non-Christians what they would prefer.,1703,A%253D167438%2526M%253D200906,00.html
    This also opens up an interesting debate. who is the church building for? believers or non-believers? who are worship services for? lots to get into here…
    check this blog out, too… it’s by Camron Ware ( and he’s the one who told me about the poll mentioned above.

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