LifeWay Research Report Finds Most U.S. Churches Have Stopped Debating the ‘Worship Wars’

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Most congregations in the United States have moved past debating over music selections and styles of worship, often called the “worship wars,” according to a new report by LifeWay Research.

LifeWay Research reported Wednesday that only 15% of Protestant pastors listed their congregation’s preferences in music as being their biggest challenge.

Pastors who oversaw congregations with fewer than 50 regular attendees were the least likely (7%) to report “navigating music preferences” as their biggest challenge.

Additionally, LifeWay found that 92% of pastors reported mutual respect between themselves and their worship leader, with 71% responding that they collaborate a lot on worship planning.

The LifeWay report also cited research from last year which found that only 5% of Protestant churchgoers would change churches if the musical style changed.

Another finding of the newly reported study included 69% of pastors reporting that hymnals were a regular part of their church’s worship experience.

Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, said in a statement on Wednesday that this showed that despite some changes in worship over time “there are also many similarities between worship services today and those from past decades.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski