A survey conducted to analyze the defections caused by the pandemic in churches in North America yielded a discouraging result. It indicates that one-third of people surveyed stopped attending church due to the pandemic.
The survey is titled “Faith After the Pandemic: How COVID-19 Changed American Religion.” It was discovered that in 2020 only 13% of believers carried out their religious activities in person. However, by spring 2022, participation increased to 27%, although these figures were still lower than before the pandemic.
This study was conducted by Survey on American Life, a project of the American Enterprise Institute. The goal was to collect up-to-date data on religious participation in the United States during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Christian Post:
“Much of this decline in attendance was due to people abstaining from worship altogether,” the survey says.
Nationally, religious identity among U.S. adults remained largely constant during the pandemic, with minimal evidence of religious change during this period, the study adds.”
Another result indicates that people over 50, conservatives, women, and married adults increased their participation. The largest declines were seen in adults younger than 50, Hispanic Catholics, Black Protestants, and mainline Whites.
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