The “Church Experience” is the core issue here for me. We go to church because we are commanded to have fellowship with like minded believers Heb 10:25. You can note be part of the Universal (greater or world wide church of God without being part of a smaller church of God; every New Testament letter is written to a church believers. Secondly We go to church to Worship God not for ourselves in any manner, it is always about him. We only “get out of it’ what God, interjects in to us that day. Thirdly it is about preaching and teaching the Word of God. Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone is what we need to be listening to, not the latest trend in how to improve our lives. If you really what to EXPERIENCE CHURCH get back to basics and find a bible believing, bible preaching, no nonsense church and let God get all the Glory.
How Do Americans Feel About the Church Experience?
Going to church on Sunday morning with family has been part of the American culture for generations. But Sunday morning traditions are changing, along with attitudes and habits, as well as wants and needs, regarding church attendance.
For these reasons, the American Pastors Network (APN) is particularly interested in new Barna Research on “Five Trends Defining Americans’ Relationship to Churches.” Some of the trends include “church hopping,” differing opinions on the value of church, expectations about the outcomes of going to church, the importance of church on younger generations and the perception of the Church’s relevance to the community.
APN President Sam Rohrer says the drastic changes in people’s connections to their churches dramatically impact pastors.
“Nearly every pastor in America will likely report that the nation’s ‘church culture’ has shifted significantly over the past 20 years,” Rohrer said. “No longer is a deep, family connection to a local church the norm. In a society where we experience on-demand technology and up-to-the-minute communication, the wants and needs of churchgoers have changed as well. This affects pastors, not only in how they lead and preach, but in how they work to engage people to spread the message of the Gospel.
“Because of these cultural shifts,” he added, “pastors experience challenges that are new and foreign to many of them. It can be a constant struggle to ‘figure out’ what people want when they attend church. What moves them to action and what causes them to stay and be engaged?”
For decades, Barna has conducted research specifically on churches and church leaders, uncovering what they and others believe about their role in the church, as well as shedding light on their concerns and aspirations for both the local church. The most recent study on trends is part of Barna’s State of the Church 2020 project, a year-long examination of the spiritual and religious trends that define American life.
The five uncovered trends include the following: