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Black Americans lead in church attendance and ‘spiritual vitality’

According to data from the American Bible Society’s State of the Bible 2023 report, Black Christians in the United States are more likely to express engagement with scripture compared to Christians from other cultural demographics. The report also reveals that Black Americans are more likely than other groups to attend church at least once a month. Chapter 4 of the report, titled “Spiritual Vitality,” focuses on how different ways of connecting with God influences individuals’ beliefs about God, their church attendance habits, and the level of engagement they have with scripture. The data for the report was gathered from 2,761 U.S. adults in January, with a margin of error of +/- 2.59 percentage points.

Christian Today reports:

(CP) Black Christians are more likely to say they are engaged with Scripture than all other Christians as new data shows that African Americans are more likely than all other cultural demographics to attend church at least monthly.

The American Bible Society released Chapter 4 of its State of the Bible 2023 report on Thursday, titled “Spiritual Vitality.” The data in the report is based on responses collected by 2,761 U.S. adults in January. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.59 percentage points.

The latest chapter looks at how the ways in which Americans connect with God impact their beliefs about God, churchgoing habits and level of scripture engagement.

In a statement coinciding with the release of the new data, ABS Chief Ministry Insights and Innovation Officer John Farquhar Plake noted that the research found “a strong example of spiritual health and community ministry in the Black church.”

“In fact, Black Americans lead the way in nearly every measure of holistic spiritual health,” he added.

Specifically, the ABS discovered that “black Americans are 44% more likely than all other Americans to attend church at least monthly” and 59% more likely than other Americans to be “scripture engaged.”

The term “scripture engaged” refers to those who score 100 or higher on a Scripture Engagement Scale examining an individual’s “responses to 14 survey items about the frequency of Bible use and the impact and centrality [of] its message.”

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